How do you open a wine bottle without a wine opener?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Right, you have 2 choices!

    You can either go to the shop and buy a corkscrew or you can go to the shop and buy a screw-top bottle of wine!

    Either way, I'd get your shoes and coat on mate, you're going for a walk!

  • 1 decade ago

    Keeping a wine bottle sealed is probably the most important factor when it comes to maintaining a good wine.

    A cork is essential, as it keeps oxygen out of the wine bottle. If a bottle of wine is not airtight then it may become oxidized and undrinkable

    Traditionally, the only corks worth considering were those actually made of cork. Recently, however, many wine experts have recognized that cork may actually cause more problems than it solves.

    Cork, due to its malleable nature may have imperfections; these can result in the seal of the bottle not being as airtight as it could be and the wine being spoilt.

    In an attempt to avoid this problem, modern cork manufacturers may treat the cork with a chemical called TVA. Unfortunately, this chemical can cause the wine to taste and smell a little damp and musty.

    Having said this, cork is able to expand to fully fill the neck of the bottle, which therefore, still makes it the preferred option for special wines that need to be stored, over a long period of time.

    Plastic corks are becoming increasing popular, of late. One of the main problems associated with traditional corks is that the wine becomes 'corked'. Plastic corks prevent this occurring. Great! I hear you say.

    However, there can be minor irritations with plastic corks. A plastic cork can sometimes be difficult to extract from the bottle and virtually impossible to fit back into a half drunk bottle.

    Another recent development is the widespread use of screw-top bottles. Until recently, this type of seal was used for only the cheapest of wines. Wine producers across the globe are now recognizing the benefits that screw tops provide.

    This type of seal ensures that wine is kept fresh; there is no chance of the wine becoming 'corked' and the bottle can be easily resealed.

    In reality, the only reason that screw tops are not more popular is because of the ingrained snobbery associated with this method of sealing a bottle.

    No matter which type of cork you choose, it is important that you are able to recognize whether the wine has been properly sealed or not.

    A useful test is to see whether the top of the cork is level with the top of the bottle; if it isn't, then that particular bottle of wine is probably best avoided.

    If a traditional cork breaks when you are removing it - don't panic! Use a corkscrew to attempt to 'dig out' the remaining cork. If this fails, simply push the remains of the cork down into the bottle.

    Contrary to popular belief, this will not destroy the wine's flavor. You may have to fish out a few bits of cork, but the taste of the wine should remain unaffected. However, you'd be wise to finish the whole bottle, under these circumstances!

    When choosing your wine, base your decision on the wine itself and not the type of cork. Resist the temptation to be a cork snob; a screw top bottle may just give you a pleasant surprise

  • 1 decade ago

    Unscrew it! If you find that doesn't work, push the cork in and hold the cork down, with anything that will go into the neck of the bottle, whilst you pour the first glass.Failing that, use a pointed implement to make a hole in the cork - the larger the better - and then push the cork in. The hole allows the air to escape as the cork replaces it in the bottle. A few words of warning; make sure you have your mouth over the top of the bottle when you plunge the cork so as not to waste any or, at the very least , a cloth so you don't end up 'whining'. It is also not a good idea to use your thumb as the plunger as you may end up having to break the bottle to stand any chance of opening another.

  • 1 decade ago

    I'm not much of a wine drinker, but when I got married, my wife and I received a bottle as a gift. This is the low-tech way we opened it.

    I drilled a small hole into the cork, then put a drywall screw into it, leaving about 3/4 inch of the screw still out. I then used the claw of a hammer to pull out the screw, cork with it. I didn't get any cork in the wine, avoided breaking any glass, and didn't shell out the money for a cork opener I'd only use once.

    But be careful for the cork popping out with force. I was lucky, it just popped a little bit, and nothing became a projectile.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Do whats called "saber-opening" a bottle of wine. This works great for champagne. Take the foil off the wine leaving just the exposed glass and cork. Now take a heavy knife, using the dull side of the blade, and strike the knife onto the glass ring at the top of the bottle. After a few strikes, the cork should explode out. Watch out for glass.

  • 1 decade ago

    I hate having to do this, but if you can't find a corkscrew your only recourse is to push the cork in, do it with something like a long straight nail or metal shisakab holder so the cork doesn't break up. One other thing you'll have to finish the bottle once opened I find that the cork will change the flavour is you leave it in.

    Source(s): I've done it.
  • 3 years ago

    maximum human beings would only decrease the cork out with a knife. a number of it is going to fall in to the wine, in spite of the indisputable fact that it really is effortless adequate to emphasise it out. if you're ingesting maximum of it at present and it really is not an extreme priced bottle i does no longer mission about it effecting the style. The drill would artwork, the only challenge will be shattering the neck of the bottle.

  • 1 decade ago

    Push the cork into the bottle. It does spurt a little though so stand back a bit! I did this many a time in my 'underage bevvy in the park on a saturday night' days.

  • 1 decade ago

    If its a cork its best to use the end of a wooden spoon to push the cork into the bottle - do it slowly & v carefully so you don't spill any!

  • 1 decade ago

    If you don't want to push the cork in, you can use a wood screw...have done it, works well.

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