How to Open Wine Without a Corkscrew

Today, the Ideal Wine Company has come to the rescue of every wine enthusiast who’s ever misplaced their bottle-opening device. We explain how to open wine without a corkscrew.

Wine enthusiast’s worst nightmare

We’ve all been there. Every wine enthusiast has experienced the crushing blow of disappointment that comes when they reach over for a corkscrew to open a bottle of fine wine, only to realise it isn’t there.

This presents a complex conundrum. Do you leave the bottle, wait until you’ve had the opportunity to buy another corkscrew and try again later? Or do you take your chances and try open it immediately? We’d suggest you go for the latter, however we’d also argue that you should avoid the ‘push in’ method.

Push in method

The ‘push in’ method is exactly what you think it is. It’s where you take a blunt object and press down with all your might. This pushes the cork down into the bottle, leaving it open so you can pour yourself a glass of your favourite tipple.

There’s one obvious problem with this method; the cork has to go somewhere, and it’ll drop down into the wine itself. This can damage the character of the vintage – especially if you’re unlucky enough to be confronted with a particularly brittle cork, which breaks off as it drops into the wine.

Pull out method

This is why we would suggest you use the ‘pull out’ method, which is exactly what you think it is, to remove the cork from your bottle of wine. There are two ways to do this:

  • Wind a screw into the cork and use the flat edge of a hammer to pull it out.
  • Jam the jagged end of a key into the cork and pull/twist it out by hand. This is convenient because you can use your house key.

Buy a corkscrew

Therefore, if you find that you’ve been left without a corkscrew, you don’t have to leave that Hermitage La Chapelle 1985 you’ve just bought from the Ideal Wine Company sitting in the bottle. However, we’d suggest you buy a corkscrew as soon as possible!


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