The first step to wine appreciation is opening the bottle. Jeff Creamer, former wine director at the now-defunct San Francisco restaurant Two, coaxes a cork from a bottle in a few easily replicable steps.
How to Open a Bottle of Champagne
The loud pop and the flying cork are not the goals.
What to Do with Half a Bottle of Red Wine
Protect your leftovers-- don't leave the bottle on the counter.
An affogato is a traditional coffee-flavored dessert that typically looks like a scoop of creamy gelato topped off with a pour of hot espresso. A shot of liqueur is sometimes added as well to kick things up a notch (as we do in the recipe below).