How do I open a wine without a corkscrew?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

Opening a wine bottle without a corkscrew can be a challenging task, but with a little creativity and resourcefulness, it is definitely possible. Here are several methods you can try:

1. Use a Screw, Screwdriver, and Hammer: This method involves inserting a screw into the cork using a screwdriver. Make sure the screw is long enough to go through the cork entirely. Once the screw is inserted, use the back of a hammer to grip the screw and slowly pull the cork out.

2. Push the Cork in with a Wooden Spoon: If you have a wooden spoon or any other blunt object similar in size, you can push the cork into the bottle. Ensure that the spoon’s handle or the object is clean and sanitized before using it. Gently apply pressure on the cork and push it into the bottle. Be cautious not to push it too forcefully, as you don’t want wine to spill out.

3. Hook it with a Hanger: Straighten out a wire hanger and create a small hook at one end. Insert the hook into the cork and gently twist it to catch onto the cork. Slowly pull the cork out with the hanger, being careful not to break it.

4. Pump it out: If you have a bicycle pump or a similar device, you can create pressure inside the bottle to push the cork out. Insert the pump nozzle into the bottle opening, ensuring a tight seal. Pump the air into the bottle, and the pressure should gradually push the cork out.

5. Twist it out with Keys or a Serrated Knife: Find a pair of keys or a serrated knife and insert them diagonally into the cork. Twist the keys or the knife while holding onto the bottle firmly, and the cork should start to come out slowly. Be cautious while performing this method to avoid any accidents.

6. Wrap the Bottle with a Towel and Use the Wall: This method requires wrapping the bottle with a towel to protect it from damage. Hold the towel-covered bottle firmly and hit the bottom against a solid wall. The force should gradually force the cork out. Be sure to control the force and angle of impact to avoid any mishaps.

It’s important to note that these methods might not always be successful and can potentially damage the bottle or cork. It’s always best to use a proper corkscrew for opening wine bottles. However, in a pinch, these alternative methods can be handy to open a bottle without a corkscrew.

Remember, enjoy your wine responsibly and be cautious while attempting any of these methods. Cheers!