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How to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew: 7 Ways

Before we get started: Each of these approaches are not completely reliable to 100 per cent certainty. In fact, they are all likely to mess up the bottle of wine if done poorly or if not done very carefully. For example cracking the cork and having it dropped into the wine, chipping the bottle of wine or, in the worse case situation, destroying the bottle of wine entirely. And if you’ve got a very special or pricey wine that will break your heart if damaged in this process, you’d actually just have to wait until you’ve got a corkscrew. That being said, all of the methods on our list DO work, but you must be careful. Now here’s our list of how to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew, so that you get have all the wine you need.

man holding wine bottle above many wine glasses, man opening whine bottle without corkscrew.

Method 1: How to Open a Bottle of Wine by Pushing in the Cork:

Compared to some of the ones on this page, this is a pretty safe approach to use but it has its downsides. To open the bottle, you simply take a wooden spoon handle, or anything equivalent, and force the cork downwards into the wine bottle. Sadly, removing the cork from the bottle is virtually impossible once you force it in. If the bottle of wine is old, the cork may also split and shred into the wine once it has been forced in. It surely sucks when this happens, but there’s no reason to panic. If you’re with friends and plan on drinking the entire bottle, pour the entire bottle through a strainer into a decanter and it’s good as new.

Note: this is a good option id the cork is not made of real cork, as false cork will not crumble like true cork will. This being said it will make little to no difference if pushed down into the bottle, and this is a very safe and reliable method.

wine corks stacked on top of each other all stamped with different dates.

Method 2: How to Open a Bottle of Wine With the use of Tools:

A screw can come in very handy for this, this is definitely one of the best approaches on this list but it takes some stamina and courage because it will quickly exhaust you. You basically take a screw, preferably a long one, and with a screwdriver screw it into the cork until it reveals about one inch or so of the screw remaining. You then take the hammer’s backside, place it under the screw and pull the cork out.  If you don’t have a hammer, you can also pull out the screw with a strong grip and a pair of pliers. Check out the video below if you need some inspiration.

Method 3: How to Open a Bottle of Wine Using a Pump

Opening a bottle of wine without a corkscrew can be tough but when in doubt, go grab that old bicycle pump from the garage. This one is super simple and actually fairly easy. All you do is take a regular old bicycle pump with a long enough needle on the end and stuff the needle down through the cork. Start to pump slowly and the cork should begin to rise. Make sure you do this slowly so you don’t send the cork flying out and cause a mess. Heres a very quick video to make it easy!

How to open a bottle of wine with a pump

Method 4: How to open a Bottle of Wine by Using The Twist Out Method:

This method works very well with the right object, some objects include a metal spoon handle, serrated knife or a set of keys. First push the object into the cork on roughly a 45 degree angle. Start to rotate the object as u are gently pulling upward in order to remove the cork. Note: This must be done very carefully in order to not have the cork begin to crumble and fall apart. Always be safe when using a knife or sharp object. Check out the video below.

How to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew, with a spoon
How to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew, by using a key

Method 5: The Towel Method:

At this point in the list, things get a little risky, so go ahead with caution. The previous few options needed at least one device, but this choice may be your best friend if you find yourself with meagre resources. Just wrap the bottom of the wine bottle into a thick towel, or two to be sure, and then repeatedly hammer it against a wall. Now, clearly if you do that, the bottle will have a chance of splitting so make it a last resort. The first time you bang it against the wall, you won’t get the cork out of the bottle, that being said never ever use your full power to smash it against the wall, as it WILL break. Instead, hit it several times, removing the cork slowly but surely.

Two wine bottles one upside down other with cork stuck halfway out
Top view of red wine bottle. Macro, selective focus on wine cork. Wine bottle, glass and grape on vintage background. Copi space, wine concept.

Method 6: The Shoe Method,

Okay, we know this one can sound a little crazy but it will work. It is very similar to the last method but can be done multiple ways. You will just need any form of heavy show or boot. The first way of accomplishing a removed cork is by placing the bottom of the bottle into the shoe and repeatedly banging it on a wall unless the cork begins to come out. This is much like the last method, but replacing the towel with a shoe. Now, if you do not have a wall you are willing to bang a bottle against, you can flip the bottle upside down in your lap and hold it between your legs, begin to whack the bottom of the bottle with the shoe or boot repeatedly until the cork begins to come loose. This may take a while but remember to keep a close eye on the cork to make sure you don’t over do it and send the cork flying out while the bottle is upside down.

How to open a bottle of wine with a shoe and a wall

Method 7: The Heat Method

How to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew using heat is the last method on our list because it is truly the most dangerous. Although dangerous the method is actually one of the more simple on the list, you will need a lighter or a torch and all you need to do is apply heat from the lighter or touch underneath the cork on the outside of the bottle, this may take a while and the glass will get very hot but the cork will start to rise. Note: Make sure to remove any form of paper and or plastic round the top edge of the bottle.

There you have it, our complete guide to getting that wine bottle open when you don’t have a corkscrew. Please note: Please do any of these at your own risk as they could result in serious injury.

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