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How To Open A Wine Bottle Without Corkscrew

Updated on July 9, 2013

A few weeks ago I was at a friend's and we planned to open a bottle of wine for dinner. So he pulled out the trusty $2 corkscrew and proceded to screw it into the cork, but then it suddenly broke. We had to get a little creative so I thought I would share with all you lovely people in the off chance that this should happen and you find yourself wondering what to if this happens to you.


  1. This is of course before the screw broke but you can still use the broken one if you have one lying around. Using a wrench screw the screw into the cork in the bottle
  2. Once the screw is all the way into the cork clamp the wrench on as tight as you can. Then just like how a corckscrew works you take the wrench which should now we clamped at a 90* angle to the bottle and slowly push it down. This should slowly lift the cork out of the bottle
  3. Once the cork is out a little bit it will become more difficult for the wrench to work when it is clamped to the top of the screw. Move the wrench as close to or onto the cork if you have enough showing.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the cork comes out. I know that this will destroy the cork but it is your only chance of getting it out in a pinch.
  5. Once the cork is out enjoy the wine. You may be afraid that since we broke the cork that you will have to drink the whole bottle now, but never fear we thought of that too!
  6. To make a makeshift cork for the bottle, take a regular plastic sandwich bag (non-Ziploc) and a napkin.
  7. Simply fold the napkin in half until its height is about that of a cork, the roll it up so it is a tight short roll, looking something like a cork.
  8. Put the rolled napkin into a corner of the bag and stuff the two into the bottle leaving most of the bag sticking out so that you can always putt it back out again.

And walla! You can now open and close the bottle at ease without a cork or corkscrew. Of course after this ordeal you are going to want to buy a new and more expencive corkscrew. Now we know don't cheap out on kitchen utensiles.


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