So, here’s the dilemma – you have the wine but you have no corkscrew. We’ve all been there. Whether it’s a poorly packed picnic or a late night panic when the corkscrew is eaten by some invisible kitchen creature, we’ve all put our head in our hands at some point at our stupidity.
Yes, granted, with more screw caps than ever before, the wine gods often bless us with the good fortune of an easy-opener, but this isn’t always the case and instead we’re left trying to solve a conundrum that feels like a painful team building exercise in a rainy Welsh valley or a hark back to school-room Science.
To save the squabbles and (even worse) the destruction of a perfectly good bottle of wine, we’ve got together some of our favourite life hacks for ways to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew.
Just Screw It
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. It simply involves screwing some regular household screws into a cork and gently pulling them out with a pair of pliers. If you screw in a picture hook then you don’t even need the pliers, you can pull it out by hand.
The Key Trick
Chances are you will have your keys on you in most situations, so this one is especially useful. Simply insert the key at 45 degrees, pushing it hard into the cork. Once it’s two thirds in, simply twist the bottle and gently pull the key out – simple.
Stick it in a Shoe
If someone has ever suggested this one to you, then more than likely you thought they were pulling your leg. But, alas! It’s actually one of the easiest ways to get a cork out of a wine bottle. We would recommend using a hard soled shoe, a flip flop will not work, and a high heel could end in tears. Watch how it’s done here…
Pump it Up
In the instance that you don’t have corkscrew but you DO have a bike pump (perhaps cycling through Bordeaux, or flagging down cyclers-by in the park) then this is the one for you! Poke a hole through the centre of the cork, insert the bike pump needle and apply pressure until your wine is released!
Push it in
Okay, so strictly speaking this doesn’t get the cork ‘out’, although still works just as well as a last resort of utter frustration!