It’s happened to all of us. We’re cozy at home in our pajamas, ready to have a glass of wine and unwind from the day. When all of the sudden, you realize it…you don’t have a corkscrew! Although that wine may be calling your name, is it really worth the hassle of getting in your car and going to buy one? What if all the stores are closed? What if putting on pants is just too much effort? In these cases, we’ve figured out a few ways to MacGyver ourselves out of this situation and open a bottle of wine without a bottle opener.
How to open wine without a corkscrew
Please note! None of these methods work as well as using an actual corkscrew. There is a chance the cork could break in the middle of the process, or the bottle of wine could break completely! If the bottle of wine you’re opening is expensive or rare, then you might want to wait until you have a corkscrew to open your wine bottle.
How to open wine without a bottle opener
Method 1: Use a screw, a screwdriver, and a hammer
This method requires you to make your own corkscrew out of a few household items. Grab the longest screw you can find, and screw it into the cork with a screwdriver until there is about an inch of the screw still poking out. Take the backside of the hammer (the part that looks like a claw) and insert the end of the screw that’s sticking out. Slowly and carefully pull it out, and the cork should come out along with it.
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Method 2 How to remove wine cork without corkscrew: Use a bike pump
Yeah, this one sounds weird but it can actually work. If you have a bike pump, take the needle that’s attached and stick it through the cork until it reaches the small pocket of air in between the wine and the cork. Then, begin to pump. As the air pumps in, the cork will slowly begin to move up and out of the bottle because of the air pressure. Just be careful you don’t pump too hard. The last thing you want is the cork flying into your face!
Method 3: Push the cork into the wine
If it won’t come out, then push it in! This is the ultimate wine opening hack.This method is better suited to newer bottles of wine, since the cork could have become crumbly over time in older bottles. Take the end of a wooden spoon and push down on the cork until it falls into the wine. Be careful not to slip and break the bottle. When choosing this method, just know you won’t be able to get the cork out of the wine once it’s in.
Method 4: Hit it with your shoe
When you’re in a pinch, hitting the bottle with a shoe might just work. To do this, wrap the bottom of the wine bottle in a towel and place it upside down between your legs while sitting down. Proceed by carefully yet forcefully hitting it with a shoe until the cork begins to slide out. When it’s poking out enough, you can grab the cork and pull it out with your hands.This method may take some time, and it’s important to check the cork often to make sure it doesn’t slip out when your bottle is still upside down.
Method 5: Fight fire with fire
If you’re feeling up to it, use a blowtorch to apply heat to the area of the wine bottle right below the cork. The heat from the fire should make the cork move upwards and eventually make its way out of the bottle. Obviously, your wine might be a bit warm after this so if that doesn’t sound appealing, try a different method. It is also important to NOT try this method on a cold bottle of wine such as Chardonnay, since the glass could explode due to the extreme change in temperature.
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We hope you learned at least one new way to open wine without an opener! The next time you need to get a cork out without a corkscrew, try one of these wine opening hacks!
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