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How to Open a Bottle of Wine or Champagne

Jacques Pépin demonstrates the proper way to open wine and pop the cork on a Champagne bottle. Plus, genius recipes that use up leftover wine.

How to Open a Bottle of Wine

Jacques Pépin shows how to use a standard waiter’s corkscrew, plus great techniques for opening older bottles.


How to Chill and Open Champagne

If handled properly, a bucket of ice can chill Champagne super-quickly, but most people make one key error. Jacques Pépin identifies this common mistake and explains the best way to pop a cork.

Recipes for Cooking with Wine

How to Open a Bottle of Wine: Red-Wine Spaghetti with Walnuts and Parsley

Red-Wine Spaghetti with Walnuts and Parsley

This recipe, adapted from New York City pastry chef Gina DePalma, is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Who knew that basic dried pasta, simply boiled in red wine, could develop such complex flavor?

How to Open a Bottle of Wine: Beef Stew in Red Wine Sauce

Beef Stew in Red Wine Sauce

Jacques Pépin’s hearty stew is inspired by boeuf bourguignon, classically flavored with red Burgundy, but he prepares his version with the rich red wines of the southern Rhône.

How to Open a Bottle of Wine: Chilled Chardonnay-Braised Calamari Pasta

Chilled Chardonnay-Braised Calamari Pasta

Cooling this skinny pasta, then tossing it with Chardonnay-braised squid in a light, tangy sauce, makes for a refreshing first course.

How to Open a Bottle of Wine: Sauvignon Blanc-Steamed Mussels with Garlic Toasts

Sauvignon Blanc-Steamed Mussels with Garlic Toasts

F&W’s Grace Parisi shares a classic recipe for mussels in white wine.

How to Open a Bottle of Wine: Chocolate-Red Wine Cake

Chocolate-Red Wine Cake

A recipe in Anne Willan’s 2001 Cooking with Wine inspired this fluffy, not-too-sweet cake, which uses just enough wine in the batter to give it a slight boozy flavor.

Wine and Champagne Tips

How to Open a Bottle of Wine: 10 Ultimate Wines for Dinner Parties

Ultimate Wines for Dinner Parties

F&W’s Ray Isle solves every pairing dilemma with 10 spectacularly versatile wines. These bottles are sure bets at dinner parties.

How to Open a Bottle of Wine: 3 Amazing Wine Tasting Parties

Amazing Wine Tasting Parties

Here are three game plans for fun wine tasting parties: Hold a blind tasting, pick scents for an aroma party and show off perfect pairings.

How to Open a Bottle of Wine: How To Keep Open Bottles Fresh

How To Keep Open Bottles Fresh

Ray Isle answers common questions about saving leftover wine.

How to Open a Bottle of Wine: Champagne Guide

Champagne Guide

Champagne tastes great around the holidays—or any other time, for that matter. Here’s F&W’s guide to the festive fizz.



How to Saber a Bottle

Author and wine connoisseur Mark Oldman describes how to open a bottle dramatically by running a knife along its seam.

Plus: The Basics of Tomahawking Champagne

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