How Do You Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew?

How Do You Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew?

To open a wine bottle without a corkscrew, have a long screw on hand, some pliers or other gripping utensils, and a screwdriver. Drive the screw into the center of the cork with a screwdriver, and use the pliers to gently pull the cork free.

  1. Place the screw in the center of the cork

    Ensure that the screw is pointed straight up from the flat part of the cork. Failure to do so can make the screw poke out of the side of the cork and break it, making it unable to be used again.

  2. Push the screw into the cork

    Use a screwdriver to drive the screw through the cork until about a 1/2 inch is poking above. Don't go too fast, or pieces of cork can fall into the wine.

  3. Use the pliers to loosen the cork

    Don't apply raw force to the screw when pulling up because it widens the hole. Instead, twist and pull at the same time with the help of pliers.

  4. Gently pull the cork free

    Air pressure holds the cork in place. As air is allowed into the wine bottle, the pressure decreases and makes it easier to pull the cork. Brace the bottle, and gently pop the cork out when you see it starting to reach the lip of the bottle.