5 Creative Ways to Open Wine Without a Corkscrew

Who needs a corkscrew? These resourceful folks give new meaning to "I need a glass of wine now."


You wouldn't let a little thing like not having a corkscrew stop you from enjoying that bottle of wine you just bought, right? Seriously, if MacGyver can light a fuse without a match or build a bomb out of a fire extinguisher, there has to be some kind of creative alternative to the corkscrew.

As it turns out, we found five. Watch these videos to see what lengths people will go to to open a bottle of wine in a pinch. If necessity isn't the mother of invention, the desire for a glass of wine certainly is. 

 

1. With a shoe

This concept seems to be fairly widespread among the corkscrew-less wine drinking community. Looks like a few things are key here. One, you have to remove the foil from the top of the bottle first. Two, pick a shoe with a thick sole, and determine the best way to maintain a solid grip on the bottle and the shoe simoultaneously. Three, try and stop before the cork comes completely out so you don't spill any wine.

 

2. With a tree

This basically applies the same principles as the shoe methodology. Hey, if you're out camping or at a picnic, this trick could come in very handy.

 

3. With a screw, screwdriver, and a hammer

You might call this the engineer's approach to opening a bottle of wine without a corkscrew. Fast, efficient, and no mess. You can find several videos of people attempting the feat with just a screw or screwdriver, but the real innovation here is using the back of the hammer.



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The Sediment Blog's picture

Of course, this assumes the bottle is sealed with a cork, and not with a screwcap...

...in which case, here are the creative ways of opening a screwcap without a corkscrew: http://sedimentblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/how-to-remove-screwcap.html

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I just used a pair of scissors. BOOM!

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I think this is a ridiculous article. It doesn't address the dangers that could happen while trying to open the wine with a screwdriver and a hammer. How about call a dinner guest and ask him or her to bring one, how about going to the nearest store and get one. If I'm a guest at a dinner party where someone uses this methods to open a bottle of wine, I'd never come back. yet I would send them a bottle opener for a birthday present.

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What a meaningless comment. This is a great article for all those good souls who are in need, in thier direst hour. Great work kind sirs.

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PLease the most obvious way is with a string and a knot,first push cork in with end of spoon or a piece of circular time smaller than neck,any instrument will do,I use a spoon,then drink contents and the with a bit of water in bottle float cork under string with a knot in it and ease string and knot under cork at right level grab cork and pull !

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Not everyone has one around, but a large-bore hypodermic syringe will open a bottle of vino just fine. Inject air until the cork pops out.

A vet would more likely have the size needed then a doc, though.

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Once, when I couldn't remove a synthetic cork, I used my Black & Decker drill with the largest drill bit and then strained the wine to remove the fake cork bits.

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I've used a screw and a pair of pliers. Works!

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Click on the title of each method to see the video!

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Why not just buy a bottle with a screw top?

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A chef's "knive"? Try knife. Knife is singular, kniveS is plural.

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Sabering doesn't work with any wine where the cork is completely in the neck of the bottle....

YourJourneyByBeth's picture

You can always try sabering with a sword - if you've got one handy :)

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I'm guessing that by holding the shoe and the bottle while firmly striking both against a wall or some other solid object, the wine cannot be compressed, creating a brief moment of increased hydraulic pressure which then acts against the point of least resistance (the cork). It would have been nice to have a little explanation but basic high school physics ought to supply the answer.

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Or you can get a Swiss Army Knife with a corkscrew and keep it upon your person at all times. This one works for me.

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While in college I opened many a bottle with an umbrella if you get my point!

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I've used a similar approach to the 'shoestring' method- take a wire coat hanger (they must be good for something) and bend a small hook in the end. Insert it into the bottle and trap the cork with the hook and pull it up and through the neck of the bottle. Works quite well.

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Whenever a cork ends up down in the bottle, I have used a variation on the shoe method to fish it out:
1. remove shoelace (preferably a thick, cotton one)
2. tie a big knot about 2" from one end
3. shove knotted end of shoelace into bottle, using a chopstick, until it grabs the cork
4. gingerly at first, pull the cork up to the neck, then after it's positioned use full strength to pull it out.

This method was taught to me by my friend, sommelier and bon homme, Peter Birmingham.

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Great ideas, but the shoe one didn't actually give an explanation as to how to go about it.... ???

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Good to know!

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Sounds like some great ideas for family entertainment during the holidays!

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I have seen the shoe method in action (long story about a college party) and it actually does work. It takes some effort but it does actually work.

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