How To Get Wine Open Without Corkscrew

Have you ever found yourself craving a glass of wine, only to realize you don’t have a corkscrew to open the bottle? Don’t worry, I’ve been there too! As a wine enthusiast, I’ve learned a …

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

Have you ever found yourself craving a glass of wine, only to realize you don’t have a corkscrew to open the bottle? Don’t worry, I’ve been there too! As a wine enthusiast, I’ve learned a few tricks along the way to help me get that delicious liquid gold flowing, even without a corkscrew. In this article, I’ll share some unconventional methods that I’ve personally used to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew.

Method 1: The Shoe Method

This method requires a sturdy shoe with a solid sole. Start by removing the protective foil from the top of the wine bottle. Then, place the bottom of the bottle inside the shoe, with the neck pointing out. Find a solid wall or surface and firmly hit the bottom of the shoe against it. The impact should gradually push the cork out of the bottle. Be cautious not to hit too hard, as you don’t want the bottle to break.

Method 2: The Key Method

If you have a key handy, this method can be quite handy. First, remove the foil from the top of the bottle. Then, insert the key at a slight angle into the cork until it’s about halfway in. Use the key as a lever, carefully twisting and pulling it upwards, while applying gentle pressure to the cork. With a bit of patience and a steady hand, the cork will start to loosen and eventually come out of the bottle.

Method 3: The Push and Twist Method

This method requires a little bit of strength and precision. Begin by removing the foil from the bottle. Then, find a thin, long object like a pen, chopstick, or even a screwdriver. Insert the object into the cork at an angle, and start pushing and twisting it firmly but gently. Gradually, the cork should begin to rise. Continue twisting until the cork is fully out of the bottle.

See also  How To Open A Wine Bottle Without Wine Opener

Method 4: The Screw and Pliers Method

If you happen to have a screw and a pair of pliers, this method can work wonders. Remove the foil from the bottle, then insert the screw into the center of the cork. Make sure the screw is firmly embedded, leaving enough length to grip onto with the pliers. Hold the bottle securely and use the pliers to grip the screw. With a steady hand, start pulling on the pliers, ensuring that the cork moves upwards rather than breaking. Keep pulling until the cork is fully removed.


While a corkscrew is undoubtedly the most convenient tool for opening a bottle of wine, there are times when we find ourselves without one. In those moments, these alternative methods can come to the rescue. However, I must emphasize that these methods should be used as a last resort and with caution. They may not always be successful and can potentially damage the bottle or even cause injury. So, if you find yourself without a corkscrew, I recommend reaching out to a friend or neighbor, or perhaps investing in a portable corkscrew to avoid any wine-opening emergencies in the future.

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.
How To Pair Wine With Food

When it comes to enjoying a meal, finding the perfect wine to pair with your food can elevate the dining Read more

How To Get A Red Wine Stain Out

Getting a red wine stain out can be a real challenge, especially when you're dealing with a beloved piece of Read more

Can You Recycle Wine Bottles

As a wine enthusiast, I am always conscious of the environmental impact of my favorite beverage. One question that often Read more

Should You Refrigerate Red Wine After Opening

As a wine enthusiast, I've often found myself pondering the question: should I refrigerate red wine after opening it? There Read more