The other night, I learned the that when you try to uncork an older bottle of wine, the cork is subject to breakage (duh?). Not that I find myself drinking older bottles of wine very often because A) they don't stand a chance lasting longer than a week in our house, and B) We have one grocery store, and the nicest bottle of wine they sell is $22.
Also, cheap bottles of wine often have weak corks, which can break easily. If you're still having trouble with broken corks, chances are you're using the wrong kind of screw! I had no idea, but after breaking the cork off into a vintage bottle, and getting looked at by a room full of evil emoji faces, I learned real quick to never use one of those 'exercise man' openers again. Instead - you should always use a waiter's corkscrew, and always go very slow!
If you're opening up a bottle, and the cork breaks, fear not. Here are 4 ways to save the wine!
Option 1: Use a decanter! Pour the bottle into a decanter, and then pour into glasses. The decanter will filter out any bits of cork that may have made it into the wine.
Option 2: Try a wire mesh colander (the kind you would use to sift powdered sugar). Also a tea strainer works well. Hold it over the bottle, and pour the wine into a large glass pitcher or wine glasses.
Option 3: You can always use cheesecloth or a coffee filter. This option would be my last resort, considering the last time I tried to use cheesecloth to strain something (grapefruit juice for this recipe), it literally went all over the counter and I found myself using a straw trying salvage the spilled juice like a drug addict.
Option 4: If all else fails, just use your finger to skim it out - that's the lazy way.
As quoted from my favorite wine country wedding planners: "Don't have a shitty cork screw ;)." Everyone needs a good screw. A corkscrew that is... Here are some of their favorites: this one or this one! And, this is a must if you find yourself in the Queen's house, sipping vintage bottles more than once or twice a month.