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Wine Key

A wine key is a corkscrew used to open wine. It is sometimes called a waiter’s friend or a sommelier knife. It’s similar in design to a pocketknife and feature a folding corkscrew and a small blade for cutting the foil around the top of the bottle. There are better corkscrews out there, but wine keys are the most practical, transportable, and handy. Any decent waiter, bartender, Frenchman, or alcoholic has one. Everybody should have one really, especially if you drink wine. You don’t want to be stuck drinking Franzia forever.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Popping Champagne

Popping champagne almost always signifies a celebration. You crack a beer at the end of a long day; you pop champagne to commemorate a special occasion. You pop champagne when you get engaged, married, win a championship, or bring in the New Year. You pop the cork and spray the crowd if you really want to get rowdy. Champagne is fizzy, it’s happy. It’s not something that you drown your sorrows in.

Whoever buys the bottle of champagne has the honor of popping it. It might be intimidating at first, but confidence is always the key. Grab the neck of the bottle firmly and use your thumbs to slowly push up the cork. Make sure you’re not aiming at anybody’s face (nobody deserves to die like that). Try to aim the cork at something in specific, like at a tile in the ceiling or on top of an awning. The most important thing about buying a bottle of champagne is letting everybody know that you were the one who bought the bottle of champagne. It’s not worth it if you don’t get credit for it.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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