6 Ways To Open A Bottle Of Wine Without A Corkscrew

We’ve all had moments where we’ve had a bottle of wine, but not the means to open it. There are obviously greater frustrations in life, but this one can sure be a let down if you were hoping to enjoy some of that sweet, sweet nectar.  So to ensure that you never have to resign yourself to not drinking when you want to, here are 6 various ways that you can open a bottle without the aid of a corkscrew.

Just please be careful! After doing a little research, it’s quite obvious that a few of these methods can backfire if done improperly. Or worse yet, if you are already drunk before making an attempt, you can certainly injure yourself if you become careless.


Hit The Bottle Hard

What’s Needed: A shoe, thick cloth or towel.

This method can either be a righteous success or a terrible failure, and it all depends on how coordinated you are. The idea is that if you put a wine bottle in a thick-soled shoe, or wrap the bottom of a bottle in a tick towel or cloth, you can then hit the bottle on the bottom with quite a bit of force. Once the bottle is placed in the shoe, or wrapped, you begin by slowly and lightly hitting the bottle on a hard surface, preferably on a wall. As you strike it harder, you’ll begin to notice the cork rising out of the bottle. Continue until the cork can be pulled by hand, and do not try to knock the cork out by striking the bottle repeatedly as the further the cork comes out, the harder it becomes to move. This is due to the pressure decreasing a in the bottle.

Man… Screw Wine

What’s Needed: A Screw, Screwdriver, and Hammer

This is the carpenters’ version of how to open a bottle, and all men should take note. You simply begin to twist a screw into the cork by hand, and continue screwing it in with a screwdriver until it’s relatively deep. You then simply take a hammer and use the nail removing side to pull the screw, and cork, out of the bottle. Very easy, and leaves little room to mess up. Which is perfect if you’ve already knocked back a few.

A Pen Is Mightier Than The Corkscrew

What’s Needed: A pen, or any long and hard object that can fit through a bottleneck.

This is perhaps the most straightforward of wine opening tactics. You take a pen, and you simply shove the cork through the neck into the bottle. You’re doing the exact opposite of pulling a cork out with the exact same end result… an open bottle. The true test comes from the puzzle of how to retrieve the cork from within the bottle. Usually makes for a fun after drinks game.

Cut… It… Out

What’s Needed: A Sturdy Serrated Knife

This wine opening tactic may not be the most elegant or clever, but it gets the job done. You take your serrated knife and stab deep into the cork. Once you feel it’s inserted deep enough, rather than pull the knife out, twist it. This will allow the serrated portion of the knife to hold on rather than tear at the cork. If the knife has been inserted deep enough, and you twist and pull the knife a slow and steady motion, you will be able to remove the cork with ease.

Pump It Up

What’s Needed: A pump for sports balls and a needle.

This trick is for all the MacGyver types out there, and if successfully done, will win you the smart guy awards amongst your friends and associates. You first start out by poking a shallow hole in the top of the cork, just enough that when the pump needle is inserted, it can be thrust through the bottom and into the bottle. You still need everything to be air tight, as once the needle breaks through the bottom of the cork you will begin to pump. The increasing air pressure inside the wine bottle forces the cork out. It’s a trick sure to raise some eyebrows.

Sabering Champaign

What’s Needed: A chef’s knife, or any other long and sturdy knife.

This is perhaps the most dangerous of all the tricks mentioned. It also only works for Champaign and white wine since these are already under pressure, and that pressure on the bottle makes a difference. What you do is take the bottle and point the top away from you. You will be using the blunt side of a chef’s knife to slide from the side of the bottle, up the neck, striking the lip on the top of the bottle. You will start off slow, steadying your aim, sliding it up and down to get a feel for it. Then you slide the knife with speed and force hitting the lip until the entire top of the bottle is cleanly snapped off. Many times if done improperly, the bottle will simply shatter, but the key is in the sliding motion. You don’t hack at the bottle. You never want the knife to leave the body of the bottle until after the head is struck.

The author of this article is Damien S. Wilhelmi. If you enjoyed this piece, you can follow me on Twitter @COSportsZealot. If you are looking for a great wine, or a Discount Wine Online, please visit liquormart.com.

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