8 Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine Without Using a Corkscrew

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8 Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine Without Using a Corkscrew
8 Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine Without Using a Corkscrew

Imagine the perfect romantic date: a picnic in the park with that special someone, a fresh roll, some fancy cheese and that bottle of imported wine. There's only one catch: you forgot the corkscrew. Don't despair as there are many simple techniques to open a bottle of wine. You can pull the cork with some items you probably have at home, like a suit or even a shoe! If you really don't have anything to uncork, try pushing it into the bottle, as long as you don't mind its contact with the drink. Try some of the techniques below and see which one you prefer.


Method 1 of 8: Pushing the Cork

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Step 1. Find a thin, non-sharp object

It should have a tip that is smaller than the stopper, but that does not pierce or break it. A ballpoint pen or highlighter are good options, as long as they have caps. You can also use a lipstick wrapper or a long pin. A carabiner works well too.

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Step 2. Place the bottle on the floor or on a firm surface

You can put it on your lap or on a table, for example.

You can also place the object against a wall and press the bottle horizontally. Use force on the base of the bottle to push the cork in, but hold the tip of the bottle and the other end of the object to prevent slipping. Obviously, choose a surface strong enough that it won't break under the force exerted on the bottle

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Step 3. Place the object against the stopper

The stopper is usually already a little below the bottle's spout. If it is flat with the opening of the bottle, press the object against it to force it a little. Doing so will make the object stay in place without it slipping sideways.

Step 4. Press the stopper

Point the bottle away from the others, just in case the wine spills from it. Grasp the bottle with one hand and the object with the other, and press them down firmly until the cork drops into the bottle. Get ready, because when the cork reaches the wine, the drink will splash a little.

  • The technique works well, but as a result, you'll end up with little pieces of cork in your drink.
  • Preferably use the technique in a spot that does not stain as the wine is likely to splash. The same goes for your clothes! In other words, no opening a bottle of red wine in a fancy outfit and on a rug. Wrap some napkins around the mouth of the bottle to contain the dirt.

Method 2 of 8: Using a Knife

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Step 1. Find a paring knife or pocketknife

The blade must be small enough to fit into the nozzle of the bottle. If you prefer, you can also use a saw knife, which will adhere better to the cork.

Be careful when using a knife as you can cut yourself

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Step 2. Insert the blade into the stopper

Make careful back and forth movements, using little pressure. The idea is for the knife to go through the cork.

Step 3. Twist knife sideways to remove stopper

Now that the blade has gone through the stopper, just twist and pull it out slowly. Don't overdo it on strength or speed, as you may end up breaking the cork and dropping pieces of it into the drink.

Step 4. Use the knife as a lever between the bottle and the cork

Carefully insert the knife between the mouth of the bottle and the stopper. Apply slow, even pressure to the cork, pulling the knife toward you so that the blade acts as a lever.

When applying pressure from the sides, hold the bottle by the neck with your free hand, just below the knife

Method 3 of 8: Wearing a Shoe

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Step 1. Remove the bottle cap

It is important that there is no plastic or covering over the stopper. To remove the protection, simply push it up. If it doesn't come out like that, pull the tab (if there is one) to remove it or cut it with a knife. The process should be relatively simple.

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Step 2. Place the wine bottle in the shoe opening

Any kind of flat shoe should work (ie, no flip-flops and high heels) as long as the opening is big enough to accommodate the wine bottle. Place the underside of the bottle in the shoe so that the cork is on top. Hold the bottle with one hand and the shoe with the other.

Step 3. Tap the sole of the shoe against a wall

Hold the bottle and shoe firmly and tap them against a wall several times. The bottle should be horizontal and you only need to tap the part of the sole that is holding the bottle. The shoe will prevent the glass from breaking, but the ideal is not to exaggerate the strength. A few firm taps should be enough to release the cork due to the pressure.

  • If you're on a picnic where there's no wall nearby, tap your shoe against a pole or tree. Obviously, be careful not to drop the bottle.
  • If you don't have any shoes that fit the bottle, wrap it in a towel or place it on a book. The shoe's purpose is simply to protect the bottle from impact.

Step 4. Remove the stopper

As soon as it starts to come out on impact, just pull it with your fingers. Ready!

Method 4 of 8: Using a Screw

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Step 1. Find a screw and pliers

The greater the distance between the screw filaments, the better. Obviously, the screw and the pliers must be clean! Dirty objects can end up spoiling the wine.

Step 2. Insert the screw into the stopper

Twist it in the center of the stopper, until it is about 1 cm out. It should be possible to do this using just your fingers, but if you need help, use a screwdriver.

Work carefully to prevent the cork from breaking into pieces

Step 3. Pull the screw with pliers and the stopper should come out with it

A hammer claw can also work well, as can a fork. All it takes is an object that can grip the screw firmly.

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Step 4. Remove the screw with a corn tong

Just replace the pliers with a corn tong, forming a "T". The screw must be vertical and the handle horizontal. Fit the tongs ferrules so that they "grab" the screw. Using your index and middle fingers, pull the handle up.

The handle should be thinner than the flat end of the screw

Step 5. Use a bicycle hook in place of the screw

Take a bicycle hook, the kind you use to hang a bicycle frame from the bars, and screw it into the cork. Use the rubberized hook support to pull the cork, aiming it away from your body. So you don't need pliers or any other object.

Method 5 of 8: Using a Hanger

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Step 1. Straighten the hook of a wire hanger

Take a cheap wire that you don't mind throwing away and straighten its hook.

Step 2. Make a mini hook at the base of the hanger

Use pliers to bend the end of the wire (about 1 centimeter) back to a 30° angle, like a fishing hook.

Step 3. Fit the wire between the cork and the bottle

It should be flat against the edge of the bottle, not getting into it for now. Press the wire to the side of the cork until the hook is under it. You need to push it at least two inches for this to work.

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Step 4. Rotate the wire 90°

Doing so will allow the hook to grip the bottom of the cork so that you can easily pull it out. Simply rotate the hanger so that the hook faces the center of the bottle.

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Step 5. Remove the stopper

Slowly pull the hanger, making back and forth movements to release the stopper. Wear gloves as forcing the wire can hurt your fingers. The idea is that the hook enters the cork as you pull it, so that it moves with the hanger.

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Step 6. Use the hanger as a corkscrew

An alternative method is to use the hanger in place of the corkscrew. After straightening the hook, simply insert it into the center of the stopper. Twist the hanger while pulling to remove the stopper.

Method 6 of 8: Using Paper Clips

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Step 1. Get two paper clips and a pen

Partially straighten the clips, leaving the entire "U" shape. Pull the outside of the clip in a straight line, without straightening the inside.

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Step 2. Insert one of the clips into the side of the bottle

Fit one of the "U"s between the glass and the stopper, until it goes beyond the stopper. The idea is that the straight portion is out of the bottle. Rotate the clip 90° so that the U is under the stopper when you pull it out.

Repeat the procedure on the other side of the stopper, with the second paper clip

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Step 3. Bring the ends of the clips together and twist them a few times

The idea is to make them firm and together, so that they pull the cork simultaneously.

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Step 4. Remove the stopper

Insert a suitable utensil, such as a spoon handle or a pen, under the twisted wire. Slide your fingers under the utensil and slowly pull the cork out of the bottle.

Method 7 of 8: Using a Hammer

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Step 1. Take three small nails and a hammer

Ideally, the nails should be large enough to reach the bottom of the cork.

Step 2. Carefully drive the nails into the stopper using the hammer, leaving a space between their heads and the stopper

Hammer them to form a straight line, with the nails very close together. Do not knock too hard to avoid breaking the cork.

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Step 3. Place the hammer claw around the nails

She must grip them firmly to allow removal.

Step 4. Remove the stopper from the bottle

Simply pull the hammer and lift the stopper. If you prefer, make back and forth movements to facilitate removal. If you prefer, use the hammer and nails to hold the cork in place and rotate the bottle.

If the stopper does not come out on the first try, insert the nails in a line perpendicular to the first one and try again

Method 8 of 8: Using Scissors

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Step 1. Take a suitable pair of scissors

The ideal is to use children's or craft scissors.

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Step 2. Open the scissors completely

Be careful not to touch the sharp side of the blades. Hold the scissors by the handle and open it completely.

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Step 3. Insert the thinnest blade in the middle of the stopper

Apply light pressure and press the blade against the stopper. Be careful not to push or break the stopper.

Step 4. Rotate the scissors while pulling it up

Hold the bottle with one hand while turning the scissors with the other. Another alternative is to hold the scissors and spin the bottle. The stopper will come out of the blade, as long as you have seated it deep enough.


  • All methods require some time and effort. If you have easy access to a store, it might be easier to buy a corkscrew.
  • Open a pair of scissors and press her blades against the cork. Close the scissors and use it as a lever to pry off the cork.
  • Warming the bottom of the bottle can help release the cork. Don't overdo it, or the heat may explode the bottle.
  • In the absence of pliers, wind a rope around the screw and pull it out.


  • Be very careful with sharp utensils. Do not use them if you are under the influence of alcohol.
  • Using your teeth to open the bottle can cause injury.
  • If you use too much force in any of the above methods, you will break the bottle.
  • Point the bottle away from you when pushing the cork.
  • Depending on the state of the wine, the cork may be dry and crack when dropped into the drink. Take care to keep it intact.

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