6 Ways To Open A Wine Bottle Without A Corkscrew!

No Corksscrew, No Problem!

How to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew? There’s nothing worse than getting to the park or wherever you are going after popping into the wine shop to grab a nice bottle of wine. Only to find it’s a cork bottle! You desperately look around and ask anyone in sight for a corkscrew. Do not worry! This is a great time to show off your creative skills to anyone who bares to watch the (used to be) painful process of attempting to get the cork out. How is she going to do it? 

We have got you covered. Wherever you are out there struggling with your bottle of wine here are 6 of the easiest ways to get it open!

Small disclaimer here if you have an expensive and/or rare bottle of wine that you want to enjoy on a special occasion. Well.. maybe it’s worth waiting for an actual corkscrew just in case these creative opening techniques don’t work 100% of the time. The chances are if you are already looking this up, the commitment is there and that wine is going to be drunk one way or another tonight! Scroll down to the end of the blog for some extra tips on how to enjoy our wine even more!

Tip 1: Use Your Car/House/Friends Keys.

Step 1. Find a sturdy key that won’t bend or break under pressure.  Step 2. At a 45-degree angle insert the key into the cork. Step 3. Push the key in as far as possible. Step4. Now while turning slowly pull the cork up. Turn and pull, just keep doing this until it pops out. If the cork starts to rip, you should be able to grab it with your fingers by that point and pull the rest out! 

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Tip 2: Heat Up The Bottle Neck!

Place the neck of the bottle under very hot water for about 30 seconds. Watch out to not get the cork wet!! By doing this, the glass will expand from the heat, which loosens the cork enough for you to tug on it with your hands. You can also do this with a lighter or blowtorch. Place the bottle on the table and heat for about a minute. Obviously the blowtorch will work a lot quicker than a lighter. Did you know there are actually many household uses for a blowtorch from weeding, paint stripping to creme brulees. 

Tip 3: A Screw And Hammer Method

You’ll need a screwdriver, a screw and a hammer. It’s pretty simple. You drive the screw into the cork with the screwdriver until there is only a bit sticking out. Now you grab the hammer, and no we are not hammering on the screw! Use the other end of the hammer to gently pull on the screw as though you are removing a nail. BEING GENTLE, is the key here! With a delicate touch you will be able to remove the cork without any damages that will then be floating around in your wine.

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Tip 4: Wack It Against A Wall.

Need to let off some energy anyway before relaxing and enjoying your wine then this way is for you! Wrap your wine bottle in a towel, make sure all sides and bottom are wrapped up. You can use any sturdy surface. Put on your favorite jam and rhythmically bang the bottle’s base against the wall in a horizontal motion. Keep repeating this movement until the cork comes out of the bottle enough for you to pull it out! Here’s a song with a great wine opening beat!

If you don’t have a towel handy you can use your shoe! Just make sure that there is enough padding in the shoe. One hard bang against the wall could make the bottle break then you will have no more wine left and a merlot soaked shoe. 

Tip 5: Scissors

Jab one of the shears of scissors into the cork. Then hold the neck of the bottle tightly. Twist and pull until the cork pops out, cheers! Take your frustration out on the cork by jabbing one of the shears into the cork. This method does have some chances that you could stab yourself or lose a finger. So we recommend only using this method when you are on your first bottle of wine, not the fourth or fifth.

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Tip 6: Just Push The Cork In!

As a last resort for when you don’t have a corkscrew, car keys or any other items handy. Push the whole cork inside the bottle. Use your fingers to push it in as much as you can then find an object that will finish the job. A wooden spoon handle or a fork are ideal as you don’t want anything too sharp to prevent cork bits floating around in the bottle. If you don’t mind the cork being in the bottle then this is probably the easiest and quickest way to open a bottle of wine. A few tips if you decide to use this method. Watch out for a splash when you push it in. Grab a tea towel and cover your hand for the last push to catch any drops. Pouring the wine might take a little extra effort with the cork bobbing around. But hey! you have wine to drink now so all is good!

How To Keep Wine Cold?

Hopefully by now you have successfully opened your bottle of wine, yay! Well done and give yourself an applause for your hard work and dedication. We have one more tip here to give you today if you appreciate your wine being cold. Coolenator has invented wine coolers that work so well you wine actually becomes colder while you are drinking it! Coolenator’s are sustainable wine coolers with a removable freezer bullet. These bullets give off some serious cold, cooling for up to 8 hours. Surely you deserve to drink your wine cold after all that effort of getting the cork out. Check out all of Coolenator’s benefits here. You can customize your Coolenator with your own photo or text.