how to open wine without a corkscrew

How to Open Wine Without a Corkscrew

After a long day away from home whether it be for business or pleasure, sometimes you just want to relax with a glass of wine. This is why every mom needs to know how to open wine without a corkscrew. Have you ever been in a situation where you pick the perfect bottle only to find that the hotel room or house rental doesn’t have a corkscrew?

Cue the tears, mama.

Do you know how to open wine without a corkscrew?

There are a few ways to open wine without a corkscrew, but each one requires that you exercise a little caution.  If you’re staying in a hotel, our first recommendation is to call the front desk or room service to see if anyone has a corkscrew that you could borrow.

If there’s a hotel bar, kindly ask if they’d be willing to open a bottle for you.  People are generally sympathetic to weary travelers — especially weary travelers with children.

Use a Screw, Screwdriver, & a Hammer

This method how to open wine without a corkscrew is more likely to work if you’re staying at a VRBO as opposed to a hotel.  A rental house will often have their own junk drawers that you could take advantage of.  You would think that a house rental would come “fully stocked”, but take it from me… that’s not always true.  I once had to make Thanksgiving dinner using a butter knife and a fork.  So much for “fully stocked”. 

Find the junk drawer or a tool box and pull out a screw, a screwdriver, and a hammer.  Take a long screw and insert it into the cork with a screwdriver until about an inch of exposure remains. Then, with the backside of the hammer resting gently on the screw and locked beneath it, you pull out the cork.

Use a Knife

If you don’t have a screw or a screwdriver, you can try using a knife instead. Place the knife into the wine cork at an angle and start to twist it around the circumference of the bottleneck.  A steak knife would work best for this method.  If the cork is brittle, you run the risk of the cork falling into the wine.  If this happens, you could simply filter the wine through a coffee filter or paper towel so that you don’t end up drinking cork with your much deserved glass of wine.  

Wrap it with a Towel and Use a Wall

If you have a wall nearby, this is another proven method but it is rather tricky so proceed carefully. First, take a towel and wrap it around the bottle. Next, hold the base of the wine bottle in one hand while you use the other hand to grasp the towel-covered cork. Finally, press the bottom of the wine bottle against the wall lightly until the cork comes out. 

Be extra careful with this method.  The last thing you need is one more thing to clean up after a long day.  

Use a Shoe to Remove a Wine Cork

This method is a bit more forceful but if you don’t have any other options, it will do in a pinch. Instead of smashing the wine bottle against a wall, wrap it in a towel and place it upside down between your legs while sitting, then hit it with a shoe. When removing a cork, remember to stop before the cork is completely out or else you’ll have yourself a disaster and some permanent discoloration.

So the next time you are in this situation, don’t panic!

Try one of these methods and you’ll be sipping wine in no time.


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