Five Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew





For that moment when you find yourself without a corkscrew and unable to open that bottle of wine; here are five ways to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew. Obviously, if you do have a corkscrew to hand, it is a lot easier to go down the more traditional route…


1. With your shoe
Steven Cronk, founder of Mirabeau (wines available to buy here) has racked up over 10 million views with his youtube video on how to open a bottle of wine with just shoe. Harder than Steven makes it look, but a good party trick once you get it right!





2. Use a screw, a screw driver and a hammer
Twist the screw down into the cork, and use the hammer to pull out the screw and cork together.




3. Use a sharp knife

Insert the knife at an angle into the cork, and twist it to open the cork enough to be able to pull it open by hand. One I’m not sure I will be trying at home – I like my fingers too much.




4. Use a book

Similar to Steven’s shoe method. As the creator of this video says, it’s one thing a real book can do that an e-book can’t…





5. Use a bike pump

This may be a little niche, but if you do find yourself in a bike shop, be safe in the knowledge that you will have no problem opening a bottle of wine…




Similarly, if you have a wine with a lot of sediment and nothing to decant the wine into, try Simon’s trick (CellarVie’s Customer and Operations Director). Tie a (clean!) Muslin bag onto the neck of the bottle and pour the wine through the material. You will be left with minimum mess and a sediment free wine. Perfect for a picnic!

Written by: Lucy Prosser

Lucy Prosser 

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Five Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew


For that moment when you find yourself without a corkscrew and unable to open that bottle of wine; here are five ways to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew. Obviously, if you do have a corkscrew to hand, it is a lot easier to go down the more traditional route…




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