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Part of the charm of ordering a bottle of wine at an upscale restaurant is the table service. When an experienced server or sommelier brings your choice of wine to your side, displays the label and begins to open the bottle, no movement seems out of place. The corkscrew is the essential tool in delivering a good table service experience.

Using a corkscrew does not require great aptitude or talent. However, the subtle pop of a cork being pulled from the mouth of a wine bottle can help build anticipation for a table of guests. It helps to know the best way to utilize your corkscrew, especially if you are presenting and opening a bottle of wine at a guest’s table. There are common varieties that more waiters carry with them, and others that are mainly for home use. With whatever type of corkscrew you are using, be sure the worm—the spiral “screw” portion of the corkscrew—does not extend below the cork itself. This will only make it more difficult to remove the cork from the wine bottle.