How to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew!

Who does not know him, the cool construction worker who pries open his beer bottle with a lighter or the edge of the table? Perhaps he would fail with a wine bottle, but not because it is particularly difficult to open, but because he needs completely different tricks to do it. Here you can learn how to get your delicious grape juice, even if you don't have a corkscrew at hand!

Different methods of opening the wine without a corkscrew

Just between us: You are guaranteed not to open the bottle with your teeth - and of course it doesn't help to pull out the cork in individual pieces with your fingernails. You will need a few tools for your project, but most of them are easy to get hold of.

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We will introduce you to several different methods, because every household is of course equipped differently. It can also happen that you are not within range of your apartment at all if you get your hands on a closed wine bottle: That is why it is worth being able to react as flexibly as possible.

Use a screw hook

You know this type of hook that has a screw thread at one end? You can use them to hang bicycles on the wall, for example. If you have such a screw hook, that's half the battle!

  • Turn the threaded side into the cork.
  • Be careful when doing this.
  • Try to see if the hook is really stuck.
  • Now turn and pull the hook at the same time.
  • So move the cork out of the wine bottle.

Done! You may be sweating on your forehead now, but you actually opened the wine bottle without a corkscrew. Now you can have a good sip of wine!

Work with a hammer and nails

These utensils are readily available on every construction site, and they should not be missing for the average household either: hammer and nails should always be ready for use, even when it comes to opening a wine bottle without a corkscrew.

  • Use four slightly longer, thin nails.
  • Very carefully hit the cork in a row.
  • Turn the hammer around.
  • Hook the hammer claw on the nails.
  • Pull out the cork with a gentle twisting motion.

As you can see, you can open a wine bottle even without a bottle opener! Simple accessories are sufficient for this - and a little well-dosed strength. cheers!

Insert screwdriver, screw and pliers

This variant of opening a wine bottle without a corkscrew is basically a combination of the previous two methods. Screw in and pull out is the motto!

  • Use a screw with the largest head possible.
  • Use the screwdriver to turn the screw into the cork.
  • Let the screw head protrude about 10 mm.
  • Grasp the screw head with the pliers.
  • Pull out the cork, twisting gently.

The principle is clear: you need some kind of stuck anchor to catch the cork. And of course enough gripping surface or a gripping tool to then transport it directly out!

Use the blowtorch

However, this solution differs significantly from the previous one: both the anchor and the gripping tool are missing. The cork is removed from the neck of the bottle by heating! Admittedly, in the end you have to pull it out by hand.

  • Wrap a towel around the wine bottle for safety.
  • Hold the bottle only over the towel.
  • Turn on the blowtorch (€ 28.90 at Amazon *).
  • Briefly heat the neck of the bottle under the cork.
  • Keep a distance of about 20 cm between the flame and the glass.
  • The cork pushes up very gradually.
  • Once you can safely grab it, pull it out.

Well, the whole thing is not completely harmless, so you should be extremely careful. But the effort is at least limited with the blowtorch method.

Knock out the cork

Can you actually knock out a wine cork?? The answer is: yes, with a bit of luck and a certain instinct! After all, you don't want to break the glass in the process.

  • Put the wine bottle in a shoe.
  • Tap the bottom of the bottle against the wall with your shoes on.
  • Repeat this until the cork pops out.
  • Now you can pull out the lock by hand.

If you are overwhelmed by a thirst for wine outdoors, for example at a hearty campfire, you can also use a tree instead of a wall. The shoe, however, must be so that the bottle does not break!

A knife to replace a corkscrew

A standard pocket knife or kitchen knife can also help to open the wine bottle without a corkscrew. However, the blade must be narrow enough to fit easily into the neck of the bottle.

  • Drill the knife deep into the cork.
  • Carefully turn it around.
  • While turning, pull the cork upwards with pressure.
  • If the cork sticks out about 1 cm, pull it out with your fingers.

This is probably not the easiest option because it requires a certain amount of tact. A knife blade has neither a thread nor a barbed hook to hold the cork properly.

A key can also help!

A keychain really has everyone, so it should not be a problem to organize this "special tool" in the short term. However, we have to say at this point that it is even more difficult with key than with the knife to actually open the bottle.

  • Use a rugged key with a long beard.
  • Plug the key beard obliquely from above into the cork.
  • Turn the cork a bit back and forth.
  • Then carefully pry it out of the bottle neck.
  • You may need to turn it a few times in between.

Did it work out? Congratulations, then you were truly hired! If not, then in the future may help a little practice.

Hot water at the bottleneck

This method works basically "as by itself," but requires some patience and not even little water. Who likes, can try it quietly!

  • Turn on the hot water at the tap.
  • Hold the wine bottle under the running hot water.
  • The whole thing can take up to 10 minutes!
  • At some point the cork will push itself out a little.
  • Grab him and drag him out.

Unfortunately, this procedure not only heats up the bottle, but also the wine. If in doubt, put the good drop in the refrigerator afterwards to bring it back to a tasty temperature.

Emergency solution: Put the cork in the bottle

You are very thirsty for wine and simply cannot pull the cork out of the bottle without a corkscrew? Then there is only one thing left to do: move the cap in the other direction, into the bottle!

  • Pick up a long, sturdy object.
  • Place your tool on the cork from above.
  • Press the latch down gently but with force.

Attention: With this variant the wine could splash - or maybe the cork crumbles and leaves its mark on the wine. Luckily, clothes can be washed and the wine can be poured through a fine sieve so that nothing stands in the way of enjoyment.

But one small disadvantage remains: a wine bottle that has been opened in this way cannot be closed with the same cork, because it is over. Fortunately, there are a few other ways to get the bottle tight again.

Conclusion: thirst always wins!

We are sure that at least one of these methods will work for you, after all, you have a particularly strong motivator: your thirst - or the thirst of your guests! First try the variant that spontaneously appears to be likeable to you.

The chances are excellent that the first opening procedure will work right away. If not, you still have eight more chances to get your grape juice. In the worst case, just ask your neighbor for a corkscrew - and invite them to a glass of wine at the same time!

Tips & Tricks A wine bottle with a screw cap makes your work easier! Real quality drops have long been available without buying the obligatory cork, although in this regard there is still a real "war of faith" between the various wine connoisseur camps.