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The Best Ways to Open A Wine Bottle Without A Corkscrew: Easy Wine Opening Tips

Jun.30.2021
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Ways to Open Wine Bottle

One of the first few times I went on a date with my current boyfriend, we decided that we would go on a nature walk to a river to sit and enjoy each other’s company with a bottle of wine. We hiked quite far out to this beautiful waterfall by a lazy river. It was the perfect place for a romantic summer date, and we swam and laughed before I went to get the bottle of wine from my bag and realized that I had made a grave mistake. I forgot to bring a corkscrew with me to the river, and I knew it wouldn’t be possible to borrow one from someone or to run out and get one.

That was the first time I had ever asked myself “Can you open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew?” I was worried that my forgetfulness would ruin the mood and keep us from having the ideal date that I had put so much planning and dreaming into. “What could we do?” I asked my boyfriend, “Do you know any ways to open wine without a wine opener?” Thankfully he used the first of these helpful wine bottle opening hacks that I am about to share with you, and we had a lovely rest of our evening splitting a bottle of chianti.

Now we all know that the easiest way to open a bottle of wine is with a corkscrew. However, when you find yourself in a situation where a corkscrew is not available, there are other ways to open a wine bottle to get the job done.

How to Open Wine Without a Corkscrew

Opening wine without a corkscrew can require some bravery, some risk, or a few household tools. If any of these different ways to open a wine bottle seem a little riskier than you’re comfortable with, it might be best to wait it out and see if you can find a proper corkscrew later on. The first few will be the safest and most effective, and then we can get into some alternative ways to open a wine bottle that are a little more far out and potentially a last resort.

The Screw and Hammer as Corkscrew Alternative

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For this trick, you are going to need to have access to a screw and a hammer in order to create a homemade wine opener. You will simply need to take a screw and screw it pretty far into the center of the cork until it’s about 75% into the cork and then using the back of your hammer, pull the screw out and the cork should come out too. This method is potentially the best way to open wine without a corkscrew because it is pretty safe and quite effective. It does require a bit of elbow grease, but it is one of the safest and most effective methods.

A Key

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Much like the hammer and screw, a key can be used as a way to remove wine cork without a corkscrew. To do this you simply need a key, preferably a strong and long key like an old-fashioned car key or a sturdy building key. Push the key into the cork of the wine bottle in an angled way and then push the key circularly while pulling up so the key essentially works the same as a corkscrew. You will have your wine opened in no time and this one is perfect for if you’re in an unusual location where you can’t get to a lot of tools or gadgets. You will probably remember your keys when you’re out on an adventure, but you might not think to bring your tool kit or a bicycle pump.

A Serrated Knife

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Once again, we have a tool that can be used as a makeshift corkscrew if you push it in and then screw it out. This one requires a very similar process to the key so if you’ve got a sturdy serrated knife but not a key then this might be the method for you. Make sure that you don’t use a knife that is too flimsy, or you will end up bending the knife and not getting the wine opened. For this one, because the knife might be a little more sharp and dangerous than the car keys, make sure that you remove the knife and start to pull and twist directly on the cork once it has reached a point where you can take it out without the help of the knife.

Pushing the Cork In

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Potentially the easiest way to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew is to simply push the cork down into the bottle. This method works really well if you don’t want to get too creative with tools, or you’ve already drunk a few beers and your precision isn’t quite as good. You will want to use something like a wooden spoon with a tall handle or any long and narrow object with a blunt end. Be careful that the object isn’t too sharp or narrow, or it will end up breaking the cork apart instead of simply pushing the full cork through the neck of the bottle in a clean way. If your wine is a bit old and the cork is weak you may come into issues with crumbling regardless. You can still enjoy your wine if you simply run it through a strainer and into a different apparatus once you’ve pushed all the cork through.

A Bike Pump

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This method is actually a really easy way to open wine bottles without bottle openers. If you are a bike owner, and you have access to a bicycle pump, you can actually use the pump to pump air into the bottle and push out the cork. This method is quite easy and takes very little time. The way to do it is to simply push the needle of the bike pump straight through the cork and into the wine bottle and then pump air into the bottle. Once enough air has been pumped into the bottle the cork will be pushed up from below. Be careful with this one not to get too fast and furious with the bike pump because you don’t want to accidentally have any kind of explosion on your hands when you’re trying to enjoy a nice bottle of wine with friends.

Blunt Force

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This is when we get into the danger zone because if you do this one incorrectly it could result in broken glass and a big mess or worse. The trick to this one is going slow and steady and not getting too carried away with impatience or trying to hit the wine bottle really hard. You will want a towel or some sort of barrier between you and the bottle of wine in case of an accident. You can either use a strong but soft object like a shoe to hit the bottom of the bottle of wine until the cork is almost out, or you can hit the wine against a flat sturdy surface like a wall until the cork is almost out. Furthermore, you want to stop before the cork has gotten all the way out of the bottle because otherwise, you are going to be left with a mess and less or no wine. Once it is almost out you can pull it the rest of the way out easily with your hand.

So there you have it! Ways to open a bottle of wine and enjoy an evening with friends or a romantic date on the beach when you don’t have a corkscrew with you. Try out these DIY wine opening tips with caution and maybe the wine will taste even better after all of your effort and quick thinking!

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