Top 5 Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew

Top 5 Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew

We’ve all been there, you’ve had a long, stressful day at work, a nice, big glass of wine is on the cards. You’ve earnt it today after all. You get home, throw off your shoes, grab the wine, a glass and oh no! wait, this can’t be happening to you…. the corkscrew is nowhere to be found!!! The stress is mounting, what to do! WHAT TO DO!!!!

Do not despair, with the Avina Wine Accessories guide to the top 5 ways to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew, there is hope. Take a deep breath, relax and chose your method……

1) Using a screwdriver, screw and hammer – Firstly remove the foil capsule from the top of the bottle, drive the screw in to the cork using your screwdriver, then simply remove the cork by using the back of the hammer, easy right? Take a look at the video guide here.

2) make this method look rather easy. Simply open the scissors as wide as they go, pop the thinner of the two blades into the centre of the cork and twist the scissor handles while pulling up at the same time, simple!3) Blowtorch – Fancy trying something a little more exciting? Whip out that blowtorch and off you go. Simply heat up the neck of the bottle, the space between the wine and the cork, and POP!! Watch that cork fly right off, phew! Follow Jeff Rhino Bannister and his guide here:

4) Heated Tongs – According to the Business Insider this is ‘the coolest way to open a bottle of wine.’ This method is an old-world tradition, in which the tongs are heated on an open flame before being placed around the neck of the bottle for a minute or two and then, with a little help, the top of the bottle comes clean away from the bottom, very cool! This method originated in Portugal as an alternative to opening very old bottles of wine with corks that had begun to crumble from age. See how Jonathon Ross, a Sommelier at Eleven Madison Park does exactly that here.

Ok, so these are all wonderful methods, as long as you have access to the right tools. But what about if you find yourself on a romantic picnic in the countryside without a corkscrew!! No problem, method number 5 has got you covered;           

5) A shoe and a wall – Now come on, we all have these to hand, right? Simply take off the foil capsule surrounding the cork, pop the bottle of wine into the heel of the shoe and then bang it firmly against a wall (or a tree trunk) until the cork comes out enough for you to finish off by hand, and enjoy!

Follow Jeremy Straus Youtube video, for an exact guide on how to do it:

So, whatever your predicament, wherever you are, there is always a solution to that age old problem of how to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew. Infact, even if you do have a corkscrew, some of these sound fun, right? Time to grab the wine and see what I can do.

On the other hand you can avoid this problem completely, by treating yourself to a beautiful new corkscrew? Either way, enjoy!

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