If there was ever a time for opening a champagne bottle with a sword, the holidays is that time. You don't actually need a sword - a chef's knife will do - but I figure this is just one of those things a man should know how to do. And since this is also the season of fizzy, corked bottles of sparkling cider and grape juice, you can snag a few more affordable bottles to practice without having to waste any bubbly.
There's nothing like one of your favorite things from childhood (The Princess Bride) joining hands with something you love as an adult (great design) for the purpose of something you like plenty (wine) at something you strive to support (independent movie theaters).
Enter The Bottle of Wits, which is each of those beloved things, and probably more.
Kate and I seem to have the same problem - extreme procrastination when it comes to framing artwork... And by extreme, I mean upwards of a decade, like so long, the print seems tirelessly outdate.
But here's a bit of motivation - once you actually get the art on the wall, you're can make something sweet out of the mailing tube. Like, perhaps enlist the help of some bold duct tape and felt, and create a wine rack you'll be proud to leave out to display, even if your vintage is more supermarket than sommelier.
I remember when I first learned of mead...sophomore English, and we were working through Beowulf for the the first time, and the poem opens as the king has just built the great mead hall, Heorot. A whole building dedicated to something to drink? Must be delicious... I'll have to get my hands on some.
Ten years later, and I still haven't made my way to actually trying any, but buddy, with this sweet mead how-to, you better believe I'm gonna.
Cocktail parties are often just as much about flair as they are about gatherings, but most of us aren't skilled enough (or willing) to start flipping shakers and bottles and catching limes in our teeth.
So, instead, try one of these five options for opening a corked wine bottle WITHOUT using a corkscrew. Some are pratical, some are just for show, and none are really classy, but all will certainly show off your mad hostin' skills.
1. Use a screw. The Wired How-To Wiki offers this technique using a screw and a claw hammer. (pictured above)
2. A drill bit and pliers. Simply drill in a 1/4"-or-so drill bit, then grab with a pair of pliers,