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.