How To Get Cork Out Of Wine Bottle With Lighter

Have you ever been in a predicament where you were craving a glass of wine, but couldn’t locate a corkscrew? I can relate! However, do not worry because I have a helpful tip to share …

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Have you ever been in a predicament where you were craving a glass of wine, but couldn’t locate a corkscrew? I can relate! However, do not worry because I have a helpful tip to share with you – the method of using a lighter to remove the cork from a wine bottle!

Now, before we get started, I must emphasize that this method should only be used as a last resort. It’s always best to use a proper corkscrew, as it ensures the integrity of the cork and prevents any unwanted bits from falling into your wine. However, if you find yourself without a corkscrew and really need to open that bottle, this method can come in handy.

Gather Your Tools

To successfully open a wine bottle with a lighter, all you need is a lighter and some patience. I recommend using a traditional Bic lighter, as it provides a stable flame and is easy to handle.

Prepare the Bottle

Before we begin, it’s important to set the stage. Hold the wine bottle firmly in one hand, making sure to cover the top of the bottle with a clean cloth or towel. This will prevent any shards of glass from flying around in case the bottle breaks.

Apply Heat

Now, here comes the fun part! Hold the lighter just above the cork, about an inch away. Be careful not to touch the flame to the bottle, as it can cause the glass to crack. Slowly rotate the bottle while keeping the flame steady. The heat from the flame will start to warm up the air inside the bottle and expand it, which in turn will push the cork out.

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Continue rotating the bottle and applying heat for about two minutes, or until you start to notice the cork slightly protruding from the bottle. Be patient, as this method requires a bit of time and finesse. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Remove the Cork

Once the cork is partially out of the bottle, carefully grip it with your free hand and gently pull it out. If you encounter any resistance, stop pulling and go back to applying heat for a bit longer. It’s important to take your time with this step to avoid any accidents or spillage.

Celebrate and Enjoy!

Finally, take a moment to savor your victory! You’ve successfully opened a wine bottle using a lighter. Now, pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine and enjoy it to the fullest. Cheers to resourcefulness!


While using a lighter to open a wine bottle may not be the ideal method, it can certainly save the day when you find yourself without a corkscrew. Just remember to proceed with caution, take your time, and always prioritize safety. And of course, once you’ve mastered this technique, it’s a great party trick to impress your friends with your resourcefulness and wine-opening skills.

So, next time you find yourself in a pinch, don’t fret. Grab a lighter, follow these steps, and you’ll be enjoying that glass of wine in no time. Cheers!

John has been a hobbyist winemaker for several years, with a few friends who are winery owners. He writes mostly about winemaking topics for newer home vintners.
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