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5 Ways to Save the Day from a Corkscrew Disaster

Updated on December 14, 2017
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As the co-founder of Trova Trip Lauren has an endless love for travel, and hopes to share that passion with fellow globetrotters!

In a Pickle Without a Corkscrew?

Call in the Extraction Team: Before banging, bashing, stabbing and MacGyvering, survey the landscape for help. Every variety of eatery that serves wine is in possession of the tool you seek. The chances are favorable that a sympathetic employee will take pity on your plight and perform the rite for a few Euro tip.

Hands and Feet: Now we get to more desperate measures. Time to take things into our own hands, and in this case, feet too. Remove your shoe (flat bottomed). Allow it to air out for politeness. Remove the foil cover with your hands. Insert the bottle with the neck facing up, grip tightly and find a wall, tree, or other hard surface. Strike forcefully a few times. With effort, the pressure will induce the cork to protrude far enough to pull out. You’re welcome.

It's Tool Time!

Locksmith: Though you’ve undoubtedly stripped your standard car/home/work jingle loop to the bone, you’re laying your head somewhere with a lock. If your choice of lodging requires a pin code or plastic card to access, skip this option, whimper, and book Trova next time.

The YouTube personality known as “CrazyRussianHacker” recommends the key method and claims, “How simple is that?”- Which according to Internet law means it’s almost certainly challenging. Basically, jab a conventional metal key deep into the cork at a 45-degree angle, hold the bottle in a vice grip and slowly rotate the offending stopper up and out. If you’ve bent the key in the process, consider confessional or at least letting reception know.

Put Your Back Into It!

Push over Pull: Mouths are dry, the damned thing won’t budge and your shoe looks worse for wear. If the cork will not come out, it must go in. This is sommelier sacrilege and a minor crime against humanity. Using thumbs, keys, pen, small knife, lipstick- anything pointed or cylindrical- push the offending blockade down. It will splash and bob but you will drink.

BONUS BALLER ACHIEVEMENT: Sparkling wines are always good to go by nature of their carbonation. They put the “pop” in “poppin’ bottles.” However, for maximum effect, consider sabrage.* Step one: acquire a small sword or large knife. Step two: After removing the foil and cage or muselet, position the bottle at roughly a 45-degree angle. Step three: Using the dull back edge of the blade, make one smooth motion away from your body and across the neck of the bottle, striking off the cork and upper rim of glass. Whoever performs this feat should be referred to only as “Captain” for the following 24 hours.

Attempt at Your Own Risk

Trova Trip will not be responsible in the event of injury. We will happily take credit for thoroughly impressing your friends.

© 2017 Lauren Schneider

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