14 simple hacks every wine drinker should know

There’s nothing better than unwinding after a long day with a tall glass of vino.

But what if your white wine isn’t cold enough yet, your trusty corkscrew breaks, or you slop red wine down your favourite white button-up?

Never fear, because in honour of National Wine Day, we’ve rounded up the best tips that every oenophile should know. Keep scrolling to see our hacks.

How to open a bottle without a corkscrew

Ribbon method

1. Use a pen to push the cork entirely into the bottle.

2. Hold the ribbon in a 'u''shape and guide it into the bottle and underneath the cork so that it cradles the bottom.

3. Hold the base of the bottle with one hand and the ends of the ribbon with the other.

4. Use force to pull the ends of the ribbon until the cork comes out.

Shoe method

1. Shove the bottom of the bottle tightly into the opening of a shoe.

2. Grip the neck of the bottle with one hand and the toe of the shoe with the other.

3. Firmly hit the sole of the shoe against a wall until the cork loosens. Then use your hand to pull it the rest of the way out.

How to keep white wine cold

Wet paper towels
Wrap the bottle in a wet paper towel and put it in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Ice and salt
Put your wine in a bucket of ice and salt to cool it quickly. The salt will lower the freezing point of the ice and cause the bottle's temperature to lower.

Frozen grapes

To keep white wine from getting warm, freeze grapes to use in place of ice cubes so you won't water down your drink.

How to store wine after it's opened

Correct temperatures
Don't store red wine above 70 degrees. Avoid windows, sun exposure, and keeping the bottle on its side.

Re-cork bottle

Make sure to re-cork the bottle after every glass pour. Storing both red and white wines in the fridge will keep them fresh for 3-5 days.

Ice cube trays

Pour extra wine in ice cube trays and freeze them for easily accessible portions to use while cooking.

How to order and buy wine

Buy directly
Buying wine from vineyards with less recognisable brands will often satisfy your taste and your wallet. Wine goes from the grower to a wholesaler to a distributor and then to a retailer. If you bypass these steps and buy directly from the grower, you will usually save money.

Order by the bottle
One glass of wine could cost as much as the restaurant pays for the entire bottle. Servers often pour single glasses from bottles that have already been opened -- sometimes for too long to still taste good.

How to remove red wine stains

While the stain is still wet, pour milk onto it and let it soak. The stain should be gone after an hour.

Right after the wine is spilled, cover it with table salt and let it adsorb the stain. Then brush the salt off of the fabric.

Shaving cream
If your stain is dry, cover it with shaving cream and then wash it in the washing machine with hot water.

Kitty litter
Spread a half-inch-thick layer of kitty litter over the entire stain and push it into the fabric. Then remove it with a vacuum.

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