6 Ways To Open A Wine Bottle Without Any Corkscrew
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Any celebration demands the opening of wine bottles. The opening of wine as well as champagne bottles is a symbol of joy. The spirit elevates the mood of any celebration. Beyond being a beverage, wine symbolises conviviality, celebration, and the sharing of experiences.   

Whether celebrating a friend's birthday party or going on a date, wine occupies a space on every special occasion. Wine bottles are hard to open, and it is often done with the help of a corkscrew. However, what if a sudden situation arises where there is no availability of corkscrew? Would that mean consuming wine on special occasions will be stopped? No way!  

Corkscrew or not, you can always use other gadgets and hacks to open bootles. So, here are all the different ways by which you can open a wine bottle when no corkscrew is available.   

  • Use Screw And Pliers  

Using a screw and pliers is a resourceful method for opening the cork of the wine bottle. Select a screw with a coarse thread and a length that allows it to penetrate the cork fully. Hold the screw firmly and carefully insert it into the center of the cork at a slight angle. Once the screw is securely embedded in the cork, grip the screw head with a pair of pliers, ensuring a tight hold. Pull upwards on the pliers, leveraging the cork out of the bottle.  

  • Use A Shoe  

The shoe is a creative method to open the cork of the wine bottle when the corkscrew is unavailable. To achieve this, the bottom of the wine bottle is placed inside a sturdy shoe while the neck of the bottle points outward. Apply a firm grip on the bottle’s neck, where the sole of the shoe is repeatedly struck against a solid surface, such as a wall or a floor. The force generated owing to the motion applies pressure to the cork, allowing it to slowly work its way out of the bottle.   

  • Heating Of Bottle’s Neck  

Here basic science is applied where the principle of thermal expansion comes into use. When the neck of the wine bottle is heated, the air trapped inside expands, exerting pressure against the cork. This results in the cork protruding outward from the neck of the bottle. This method can be achieved using a blow dryer or immersing the bottle in hot water.   

  • Use A Knife  

To begin this method, the knife is inserted carefully between the cork and the neck of the bottle. Gentle wiggling motions are applied to loosen the cork from its seal. Once the knife is sufficiently inserted beneath the cork, leverage is applied to lift it up slowly and steadily.   

  • Use A Key  

For instance, you’re having a house party where food, wine, and perfect music are there. What isn’t there is a corkscrew to open the wine. Need not worry, if you have the house key handy with you. You can insert the key diagonally into the cork, ensuring it penetrates deeply. Once inserted, twist the key slowly while simultaneously applying pressure upward. This action helps in gradually loosening the cork from the bottle’s neck. With the twisting of the key, the cork will gradually lift out of the bottle.   

  • Push The Cork In  

Lastly, this is the simple method with which a wine bottle can be opened. This method typically required a blunt object such as the handle of a wooden spoon or the back of a knife to exert force on the cork. Firmly press the object against the cork and apply steady pressure. The cork begins to compress and eventually enters the neck of the bottle. With the cork being pushed inward, it creates enough space for air to enter the bottle, allowing the wine to flow out.