Open a wine bottle without a corkscrew using these 3 simple methods

Stuck with a wine bottle but no wine bottle opener? Here are some easy tricks to open your wine bottle without one!

3 Simple ways to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew
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3 Simple ways to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew

Apart from knowing what your favourite alcoholic drink says about you, learning a couple of tricks to open a wine bottle could also be a conversation starter in any gathering, particularly one where you are stuck with a wine bottle and no corkscrew!

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Even if you are a big wine connoisseur, it is very likely that you might have found yourself in a situation where you had a bottle of wine and no way of opening it. After-all not many people would have a corkscrew at their disposal at all times. Again, you could be someone just getting into wines, and want to try your first sip of it but aren't ready to buy a tool specifically for wine yet!

As shared by Wine Enthusiast, here are 3 simple tricks you can use to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew.

Use a key as a bottle opener

Yes, turns out common household objects can be a super effective way to open a wine bottle. A key can mimic the same effect onto a wine cork as a bottle opener.

  • Get a sharp ket that is long enough to be held comfortably
  • Push the key into the cork at 45° angle. Apply pressure and insert in into the cork
  • Once it is wedged in properly, rotate slightly and start pulling the key upward
  • The cork should pop right open.

Here's a TikTok video of the posted by @doctor.cole


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Grab a hanger to open a wine bottle

For this trick, you need to be a little more deft with your hands, and possibly sacrifice a hanger to the cause of drinking wine.

  • Grab a thin wire hanger, and then twist the neck to create a narrow hook
  • Jam the hook into the cork, and through it
  • Once its properly through to the other side of the cork, you can start pulling the hook
  • The cork should slide right out along with the hooked wire of the hanger.

Use a screwdriver as a corkscrew

This hack is probably the one which has the maximum chances of making a mess. So be sure to go gentle and steady with it. You would need a screwdriver and a friend to help manoeuvre the bottle and the tool.

  • Insert a screwdriver into the wine cork until it is wedged in properly
  • Now, to get the screw driver out, use the backside of a hammer
  • The grip of the screw should be enough to get the cork out of the wine bottle. Enjoy!

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Wine Enthusiast: 'How to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew'

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