Invest about $ 5.00 - 10.00 on a good "waiter's cork-screw".
It looks alot like a pocket knife & works as follows:
-On the side opposite the auger is a somewhat dull, short-bladed knife for
removing the foil.
-At the end of the auger side of the***is a hingded metal brace. Swing
out that brace, open the auger and drill it to the final spiral into the
cork. Now pivot the corkscrew so that the opened brace is above the bottle.
-Now, lower the brace (swing it down on the hinge) and rest its lip on the
mouth of the bottle.
-Gently apply upward pressure to the bottom of the non-hinged side of the
-The waiter's corkscrew has several features which make it the best, by far
-It is small & inexpensive.
-It does not mangle corks. As a matter of fact, once you get good at using
it, it will leave only a small hole in the top of the cork. - It will not
leave the "tension fissures" on the cork often associated with other
-& most importantly; once you are good at the technique; the use of the
waiters' corkscrew NEVER fails to impress women!