Below Deck fans know chief stew Kate Chastain can be a little assertive about her ideas. And in the case of alcohol, she definitely knows what she's talking about when she gives advice — so we'd all be wise to give her a listen.
"If you want to have a good cute little cocktail tray in your apartment or whatever, here's what you should have," she told The Feast (clip above). "Vodka, tequila, cranberry juice, soda water, tonic water, limes, a good short knife, a cutting board, and a good wine key."
That last part is very important, she explains.
"Do not use the ones with the bunny ears," she insists. "You have to have the bartender's wine key that opens [when] you use leverage. The bunny ears? No! It's, like, embarrassing. And then they have all these crazy machines that do it battery operated, or it's like a clamp and you put the wine bottle in and pull the handle down and the cork comes out. No, no, no, no, no — that's embarrassing!"
Why is it such a big deal to Kate? Her analogy brings it more into focus.
"It's like, I can drive a stick shift and I'm proud of it. I got my car because it's a manual; it's kind of bad ass. Same with opening a wine bottle. I love the skill and the romance of opening it properly with a wine key. Everything else, like, just give up on life, go to McDonalds and don't even bother with the wine, just get it out of a box. If you're going to use anything but a wine key, just get wine in a box."
And there's another reason Kate cares so much about wine, too: Wine actually saved her life during a shipwreck. True story!
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