Strain wine through a coffee filter when bits of cork have made their way into the bottle.
Sometimes, while you’re opening a bottle, the cork breaks apart. Blame it on a bad corkscrew, or being in a hurry to get to the good stuff. You can try to pour around it (almost impossible), or to strain the bits of cork out of your glass with a strainer or a spoon (so romantic, right?). Instead, do this: find an empty glass pitcher. Put a clean coffee filter over the top, and let the center of the filter dip into the pitcher just a bit. Slowly pour the wine out of the bottle and through the coffee filter. Then, serve from the pitcher and call it a “carafe.”