I admit it, when it comes to using a wine key, I usually have to hand it off to someone else to finish.
(photo courtesy of thekitchn.com)
After much practice, I’m finally to that point where I can at least get half the cork out of the bottle before it breaks (sigh). The most important tip I’ve learned so far: Anchor the hinged arm and keep it there with your thumb (just like the photo above).
If only I had discovered this great step-by-step guide from the folks at The Kitchn blog sooner! So I’m posting it here for my own reference and as a public service announcement to those who fumble like me.
The only piece of advice that’s not included in their guide: If you’re short like me, find a lower surface than a kitchen counter (or a high-top bar) to stabilize the bottle.