There was a time when I relied solely on those fancy electric wine opener’s to open wine…until I got annoyed spending $50+ on a new one each year because they’d break. They would always seem to break right when I needed to open a bottle to share with guests. Leaving me digging through the catch all kitchen drawer for a corkscrew. I’ve since changed my ways and solely rely on opening a bottle of wine WITH a corkscrew, but what happens when you don’t have one on hand? Don’t worry, you’re not screwed. There are a lot of ways to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew.
Five ways to open wine without a corkscrew
1. Screw It (literally)
Simple items such as a long screw, screwdriver and a hammer can easily be used to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew. Just use the screwdriver to screw the screw into the center of the cork. Leave enough room so you can use the hammer to lift the cork out.
2. Heat the Cork Out
This might be my least favorite way to open wine without a corkscrew simply because I don’t like adding HEAT or glass to my wine. But if you have a lighter or kitchen torch you can get your bottle open and do a little science experiment at the same time.
3. Push It
Using the butt of a knife, spoon, pen, key or any blunt object you can apply pressure in the center of the cork and simply push down so the cork is literally pushed into the bottle allowing you to pour the wine. The downside to using this method is that the cork still in the bottle. If it’s old and crumbly you may find yourself wanting to strain the bottle to remove the pieces. If this does happen, you can use strainer over your decanter and pour the bottle in. Viola, no more cork!
4. Unlock the Bottle
Using a key or serrated knife, press it down into the middle of the cork at an angle. Try to get it about halfway into the cork. Then twist and lift, twist and lift, twist and left. If the cork breaks during your twisting and lifting, you’ll need to plan to go back to the pushing method.