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How to Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew?
1 / Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew with your Shoe
For this method to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew, all you have to do is take a flat shoe (a sneaker is ideal) and place the butt of your wine bottle inside the shoe at the level of the heel (of course remove the capsule before). Hit the bottom of the bottle against a hard surface (a wall, a tree …). Gradually, the cork will come out. Once it’s halfway, pull the cork out manually so you don’t splash.
The negative points: the wine will be stirred which is not ideal for tasting it. And be careful not to hit too hard so as not to break the bottle of wine.
2 / How to Open a Bottle with a Screw, a Screwdriver and Pliers?
If you have a few DIY tools at home, opening a bottle without a corkscrew can be quick and easy. Here are the steps to follow:
1: Take a screw, screwdriver and pliers.
2: Remove the cap from the wine.
3: Thread the screw into the cork (a little askew if possible).
4: Using the pliers, pull out the screw, the cork should come out with it.
A little advice: Do not drive the screw too deeply to keep the space to grab it with the pliers, and do not pierce the cork so that no crumbs fall into the wine.
3 / Push the Cork
Pushing the cork inside is surely the easiest solution because it does not require much (apart from a resistant object) and no particular skill. However, it is true that it is not the classiest … If you are afraid that with this method, the wine will have a corked taste, do not panic, this defect comes from mold and bacteria altering the cork. There is therefore no chance that the cork will spoil the wine if it is healthy.
For this method, all you have to do is take something hard enough and not too sharp, and push the cork inside the bottle. Nothing’s easier !
Warning: when the cork is inside, wine may splash on you.
4 / Uncork your Bottle of Wine with a Key or a Knife when you don’t have a Corkscrew
In our experience, this is the most delicate of techniques to open a bottle without a corkscrew. To do this, you have to take a key or a sharp knife and insert it askew in the cork. With one hand, firmly hold the key or the knife while pulling slightly upwards. With the other hand, you have to pull the bottle down by turning it on itself.
5 / The Heat Source to Replace the Corkscrew
If you have a heat source (torch, candle, etc.) available, all you need to do is heat the neck of the bottle (just below the cork). With the heat, the cork will gradually come out of the bottle. Magic !
Note: We do not recommend this technique for open a bottle without a corkscrew, because you can easily burn yourself, and heat is not recommended for wine, especially if it is a grand cru …
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