Opening a bottle of wine is much easier when you have a wine opener. Figuring out how to use one for the first time took me a minute of observation, but it really is a very simple process.
Hold the wine bottle securely and remove any foil wrapped around the neck of the bottle.
Open the corkscrew up by raising the arms straight up, which will expose the corkscrew spiral.
Keeping the arms up on the opener and a firm grip on the wine bottle, securely insert the tip of the corkscrew spiral into the center of the cork.
Continuing to hold the bottle securely, twist the corkscrew down into the cork using the lever at the top of the opener.
Being careful not to tip the bottle over, bring both arms of the opener slowly and firmly down. Doing so will bring the corkscrew and the attached cork up.