tews, I am so excited to be talking all things wine with the incredible Kim this month! She’s a wine connoisseur from Australia who started working on yachts as a service stewardess in Feb 2017. We first met through instagram, just before Kim took her first yachting position on M/Y Alfa Nero. We met up for cocktails before the Caribbean & seriously, this girl is such a GEM! So here is part 1 of 4 of our Wine Series. Over the next four weeks we’ll be posting a new blog focusing on a different aspected.

Today is all about SERVING. 

Thank you Kim for sharing your knowledge with everyone!


Wine is something that most of us dabble in (especially on those rare days off during the season!), there are a few who feel slightly confident in and then others who find it completely scary and daunting but it need not be! I’ve compiled a few little helpful tricks of the trade to hopefully make wine and it’s service a little more approachable

Opening of the wine

Having to open a bottle of wine in front of guests can be rather intimidating. The best thing to do before or between trips is practice – I’m 100% certain your crew mates will be more than happy to drink bottle after bottle of rosé if you ask them too. If you’re like me and come from the New World part of wine where screw caps are life, cork closure and having to use a corkscrews can be something of a new. But it’s all in the technique…

Firstly, removing the foil. I highly recommend buying a foil cutter, they are cheap, easy to use and mean a perfect clean cut on top of the bottle. If you don’t have one (buy one!), use the knife on the corkscrew to cut the foil on the first little lip of the bottle so you’re literally just taking the top off. I was always taught, if you do make a mess and the cut isn’t perfect (which happens to the best of us) simply remove the whole foil covering of the bottle, better to have nothing on there than to have something that isn’t perfect and looks messy.

Secondly, the corkscrew and more importantly what kind we are using. I always suggest a waiters friend corkscrew as they are designed to be used in ones hands, rather than needing the bottle to be rested on a table. And honestly they are the most user friendly, but with all things make sure it is of good quality. When inserting the spiral, or “worm” as it’s called, screw all the way down until you’ve gone completely through the cork. This helps to break that little bit of an air lock and will usually help the cork come out a bit easier. Then turn back the corkscrew until you can get the first handle of the corkscrew onto the lip of the bottle and pull, lightly and sometimes with a little wiggle, the cork will ease its way out.

In the event of the cork breaking, which again happens and sometimes through no fault of our own, place two fingers on either side of the worm when screwing it back in to the cork. This is to take the pressure of the corkscrew and stop you from pressing the corkscrew down too hard into the cork and simply pushing it in to the wine. You should just then be able to lift the cork out.

If you’re dealing with very aged bottles of wine, it best to look into buying an Ah So Corkscrew, it’s the one with the two prongs that go either side to prevent the cork falling apart. Also, if the budget allows, look at getting a Coravin system(something to google if you are interested).

Next week we’ll be chatting about wine faults & what to look for!


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Gemma Hulbert

Hello! My name is Gemma, the girl behind The Yacht Stew. After 7 years of working on yachts, I wanted to create a platform where I could share my stories, travels & passions. I have been asked a million and one times “What do you actually do working on a yacht?” – hopefully this blog will give you a good insight. I’m so excited to share my travels & stories with you.
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