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Can You Open Wine Without a Corkscrew?

Can You Open Wine Without a Corkscrew?

Uncategorized 🕔March 11, 2016 2 comments

A true wine lover will usually have at least one corkscrew around… if not half a dozen hidden away in a kitchen drawer. Let’s face it, beyond the wine itself, a corkscrew and some decent glasses are all you really need.

But what if you’ve taken a lovely bottle along to visit friends or family who don’t have a corkscrew? What if you’re on a picnic, and left it home? What if the zombie apocalypse begins, and you’re wise enough to take your best bottles as you run for safety, but you just forget the dang corkscrew in all the commotion?!? (It could happen.)

Desperate times call for desperate measures.


OK… not that desperate. The potential dental bills alone make this a bad option.

But, happily, there are options. And while none of these methods are ideal, they will solve the particular problem of a cork stuck between you and your wine.

YouTuber DaveHax demonstrates how to uncork your bottle with something you probably have on you all the time (maybe even during the zombie apocalypse)… a key.



Pretty neat, right? Unfortunately, this trick only works on synthetic corks. So what do you do if your cork is actually made from… you know… cork? (No, don’t put the bottle back in your mouth!) has the answer!

They tested several rather unconventional ways to get that cork out of the way using household items. Can you imagine opening a bottle with a screw? How about a couple of paperclips? Or even the one we were most interested to watch… a SHOE?



We were a little disappointed (but not truly surprised) that the shoe didn’t work. We figured that one at least would be sure-fire-zombie-apocalypse-proof. After all, who runs from zombies barefoot? But we guess if worse comes to absolute living dead worst, you could just lop off the top of the bottle with your machete.

Under any less dire circumstances, the other tips they tested could come in handy! And they’ll save your teeth!


So what do you think? Have you ever had to play homegrown MacGyver to get past your cork? What worked? What failed spectacularly? Which are you just curious to try? We’ve got enough wines to let you test any number of new methods! Let us know your results in the comments!

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  1. Canuck

    I can remove a cork with a shoelace and have won many bets with this. Remove the shoelace and tie 3 or 4 knots at one end. Push the cork inside the bottle, work the knotted end of the shoelace past the cork. Pull up so that the knots are trapped under the cork. Once you get it into the neck of the bottle it just takes a steady pull. It is not as hard as you would think.

    Reply Canuck 29 March 2016, 13:30

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