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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I am about to open my own restaurant, and I was asked by one of my servers, what is the proper way to open a screwcap bottle of wine at a table?
—Stephen, Bristol, R.I.
An enthusiastic twist and a "Boy, that was easy!" will probably do. For some more flair, you can grab the cap firmly with one hand, twist the bottle with the other, and make a loud "crack" noise (the closest you can get to a cork's pop) to loosen the seal. Then twist off the cap by rolling it down your forearm. I've only seen this done once, but it was mighty impressive. There's also a product on the market, a big stainless cap that fits over the top of a screwcap. It can be useful for some more stubborn screwcaps, because it helps with grip, and it gives the process some finesse. You can find it where you buy wine accessories.
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