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If you're going to drink wine at home, you'll need a corkscrew. There are hundreds of corkscrews available. But they fall into some general categories.

Puller. They take the form of a T-shape with a handle and a worm.  And there are no moving parts-which is why it depends on sheer force (yours) to get the cork out of the bottle.

Two-Pronged Puller. The two-pronged puller requires less force but more finesse. It has no worm but two blades that you wedge into the bottle to grip the sides of the cork and pull.

Lever-Type. Lever-type corkscrews can take a variety of forms from something you can put in your pocket to something you can mount on the wall.

Before you can insert the corkscrew: remove the capsule that surrounds the cork end of the bottle. Cut them off with a small knife or the foil cutter that comes with many corkscrews.

To avoid wine dripping over the edge of the foil, be sure to cut it low enough on the neck of the bottle – under the second lip of the bottle.

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