Open a Bottle Without a Corkscrew: Use a thick screw and pull with pliers; a nail or a key pushed in firmly at an angle will work as well.
Filter Cork Bits and sediment out of your wine by pouring it through a coffee filter.
Revive Flat Champagne: When Champagne has started to lose its fizz, but isn’t yet entirely flat, drop a single raisin into the bottle a few minutes before pouring to revive the fizz. This method also works with sparkling wine, prosecco, and cava.
How to Pronounce Wine Names: Everyone encounters this obstacle at one point or another. By the way, “correct” pronunciation is often a matter of opinion or regional preference. The following websites are very helpful with audible terms and phonetics.
Chill Wine Fast – My favorite technique is to use an ice bucket with ice, water and salt. The salt allows the ice water to dip below freezing temperatures without freezing over. You can also wrap a cold wet towel or newspaper around the bottle and place in the freezer for 20 minutes. Frozen grapes or whiskey rocks placed in your glass will also do the trick without watering your wine down! Many wine shops also keep their most popular whites on the retail shelves as well as refrigerated. Always ask a salesperson if they have your selection already chilled.
Wine Away Red Wine Stain Remover is a great product to keep on hand. It received the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. You can also try these tips from Good Housekeeping.
Fabric – “ Sponge the spot with cool water or soak for 30 minutes. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover. Launder (with bleach if its safe for the fabric).”
Upholstery – “Blot up as much up the spill as you can (never rub). Mix one tablespoon of liquid dish washing detergent with two cups of cool water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution. Blot until all liquid is absorbed. Repeat until stain disappears. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.”
Carpet – “Blot up as much of the spilled wine as possible. Use plain water or mix one tablespoon of liquid dish washing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with plain water or the detergent-vinegar solution. Apply a little bit at a time, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears. If using a detergent-vinegar solution, sponge with cold water and blot dry.”
There you have it! Keep these tips in your back pocket for when emergency strikes.