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5 More Ways to Open Wine Without a Corkscrew

Because the first five just weren't enough
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Watch these videos to see the lengths to which people will go to open a bottle of wine in a pinch.

Bottle of wine, no corkscrew... no problem.

Really, there are more ways than you might imagine to open a bottle of wine sans the traditional tool. We recently profiled five popular methods that included everything from the oh-so-trendy "shoe method" to a technique that involves a screw, a screwdriver, and a hammer.

But for those of you looking for additional tricks, here are five more techniques to brush up on should you find yourself in a desperate, corkscrew-less, I-need-to-open-this-bottle-of-wine-now situation.


1. With a coat hanger

There are actually a couple different ways to attack this method. One, you can flatten out the hook of a hanger and wrap it around the shaft of a screwdriver to create a makeshift corkscrew that you can use just as you would a traditional one. Another trick involves straightening out the hook and then making a new small hook with the last half inch of the wire (skip to 0:55 for the demonstration). Push the wire between the cork and the bottle neck until it is below the cork, turn it so that it presses into the bottom of the cork, and pull upwards. Easy as that. 

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2. With a syringe

Opening a wine bottle with a hypodermic syringe? If your reaction is something along the lines of "Ew, gross!" chances are you're not alone. Still, there are people out there who have attested to having had success with this admittedly odd-sounding method. If you dare, here's how it works: Use a clean (obviously) large-bore syringe, stick it into the cork, and then pump air into the bottle until the cork pops out. If you're in a bind and have to resort to this technique, perhaps just excuse yourself to the kitchen so that whoever you're sharing the wine with doesn't get too freaked out.


3. With a phone book


This technique should be familiar to anyone who has ever experimented with the "shoe method": Remove the foil from the bottle neck and carefully pound the bottom of the bottle against the wall with phone book in between as a buffer. Should you find yourself without a corkscrew, wearing heels or flip flops, and have an old phone book lying around (because honestly in this day and age what else are they really good for?) this low-tech method is the way to go.