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 Stuck Jar
Tap the lid to break the seal.
How to Open a Bottle of Champagne
The loud pop and the flying cork are not the goals.
How to Open a Beer with a Pen
Push down, not up.
How to Open a Stuck Jar, Part 2
A rubber glove provides traction.
How to Open a Beer with Your Forearm
Daniel Duane demonstrates a trick for opening a twist-off beer bottle: If twisting with your hand isn't enough, your fleshy forearm provides perfect stability.