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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.

Dear Stephen,

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.

—Dr. Vinny

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