How to Remove a Wine Cork Without Tools

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There are several ways to remove a cork from a bottle of wine without a corkscrew, however, most of them require other tools. Should you find yourself in a situation where you don't have any implements at your disposal, there is still a way to open a bottle of wine, but it requires a little free time and some perseverance.

Difficulty:
Moderate

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • A small towel or a shirt
    • 1

      Remove any covering over the cork. Most wine bottles will have an aluminum or plastic cover over the mouth and neck. If you don't have anything sharp that can tear the cover, you can eventually work it open using just your fingernails.

    • 2

      Wrap the base of the wine bottle in the towel. The towel is only there to preserve the surface you'll be striking.

    • 3

      Find a solid wall or other vertical surface on which you can pound a wine bottle over and over. Wood cabinets and dry wall are not the best options. The most ideal surfaces are brick or cinder block. In fact, it's entirely possible this trick was invented in prison.

    • 4

      Strike the bottom of the bottle against the wall rhythmically. It will take awhile for anything to happen, but if you find the right rhythm, the pressure of the liquid slamming against the cork will cause it to gradually move.

    • 5

      Once the tip of the cork protrudes from the bottle, bite it with your teeth and pull.

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