Open a Bottle of Wine With a Key

How to open a bottle of with a corkscrew

Using a traditional corkscrew

1 – Grab your wine bottle and corkscrew2 – Remove the foil from the top of the wine bottle3 – With the corkscrew arms down, place the corkscrew over the cork4 – Begin turning the metallic coil (oddly enough referred to as a “worm”) in a clockwise direction5 – When the coil is almost completely inserted and the arms have risen, push the arms down and the cork will rise from the bottle

Easy enough. Now, go get your glasses and enjoy.

Using a rabbit wine opener

As your expertise as a wine-drinker grows, so too will your wine enthusiast toolset. You now know that the right way to open a wine bottle is key. That’s why many oenophiles opt for the easy to use rabbit wine opener. It is simpler to use than a traditional corkscrew but less expensive than many automatic openers. Also known as lever corkscrews, these tools work by clamping the handle around the neck of the bottle. The coil (or worm) penetrates the cork and the cork is removed by moving the level upwards. Simple and time-saving. Some of our favorites include the Original Rabbit Corkscrew and the OXO Vertical Lever Corkscrew.

How to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew

What should you do if you find yourself missing that important piece of equipment? It is possible to find yourself in the seemingly impossible situation where you have that perfect bottle but no corkscrew. What to do? Knowing how to open wine bottles without a corkscrew in hand isn’t quite as difficult as it might seem. If you are clever enough, or handy enough you’ve got this.

Opening a Wine Bottle with a Screwdriver

For this method, you will need a screw, a screwdriver, and a hammer (trust us, this will be gentler than it sounds).1 – Use the screwdriver to gently insert the screw into the center of the cork2 – Be sure to leave a small amount of the screw sticking out above the cork3 – Using the back of a hammer as you would remove a nail, carefully pull the cork from the bottle

You might need some extra patience and elbow grease to get the cork dislodged, but it will be worth it in the end!

Opening a Wine Bottle with a Wooden Spoon

For this method, you will need a wooden spoon with a slim handle and plenty of patience. 1 – Make sure you have a good handle on the wine bottle so it doesn’t slip 2 – Use the handle of the wooden spoon to carefully push the cork into the bottle. Exercise plenty of patience and caution as this method can take some effort3 – You should be able to then pour the wine with the cork inside the bottle. If some of the cork crumbles, either strain it with a fine strainer or consider it a little bonus treat.


How to Store Wine After Opening without a Cork

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So you’ve opened the bottle but you haven’t consumed it all. If the cork is intact, it’s pretty straightforward to insert it back. But what if it got damaged in the process?

Why is this important? One word – oxygen. It’s both, a friend and enemy to the wine. While the initial exposure to oxygen (when you first open the bottle) improves the taste, leave wine out in the open longer and it gets ruined.

Here are a few ways to keep the wine longer:

  • Transfer it into a sealable container. It loses in style but keeps fresh longer.
  • Use a wine stopper.
  • Put it in a fridge. It’s not a big saver, but it will still be good tomorrow.
  • The above methods will keep your wine fresh for a couple of days at most. If you want to keep it fresh longer, invest in a vacuum seal gadget. This will keep it fresh for a couple of weeks.
  • The ultimate wine saver is the air pump opener (The Coravin) which pierces the cork with a needle, pulls out only as much wine as you need, and replaces it with inert gas, thus keeping it sealed as if you’ve never opened it.
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How to Recork a Wine Bottle

This is a method to recork and reseal a wine bottle if you have to do it. It goes as far as showing you how to put the foil covers on the bottles.

Inserting the cork itself is the easy part as it requires to simply force it in. Then, refer to the video to see how to close the foil cover for the complete process.

The bottle turns out as new (as you’ve never opened it in the first place).

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Use a Screw Hook

Insert a screw hook into the cork and once sufficiently screwed in, pull. Next time you won’t have to spend so much time searching for a wine opener. Get ideas on how to build a bar with these 15 home bars.

Step 2: Insert Corkscrew

This part is pretty straightforward. You screw the worm into the cork, usually most of the way in and near the center but not exactly centered.

How to Open a Sparkling Wine Bottle

The process is different if you’re trying to figure out how to open a Roscato wine bottle. Or any other screw-capped or pressurized sparkling wine bottle.

First, always keep the bottle pointed away from guests and keep a thumb or hand on the cork at all times. Then remove the foil by either pulling on the tab or cutting it cleanly at the bottom of the cage. Untwist the wire cage and loosen it for removal. Tighten your grip on the cork and, holding the bottle at a 45-degree angle, twist the bottle (not the cork). Do so until the cork is released and let the CO2 rush quiet.

Two things should be re-emphasized here. The wire cage shouldn’t be removed until after the cork is released from the bottle. And the bottle should be twisted, not the cork.

Take It Easy and Opt for Corkless Bottles

Opening a bottle of wine without a corkscrew is tricky and can even be dangerous. So, please (please, please) be careful when using any of these methods. 

Better yet, opt for screw-top bottles whenever possible. While there’s a prevailing idea that a bottle with a cork is a higher-quality wine, it’s just not true. In fact, some winemakers prefer screw tops to corks.

For one, corkless wine bottles take virtually no effort to open. Plus, screw caps are much better at stopping oxygen from entering the bottle, which ensures that rosés, white wines, and light-bodied reds stay fresh, crisp, and well-preserved.

How to Open a Wine Bottle With a Twin Lever Corkscrew

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Opening a bottle of wine with a twin lever corkscrew is the easiest way to remove a cork. Chances are you’re familiar with these corkscrews that look like little men with very long arms.

These handy wine openers are perfectly designed for freeing your favorite drink from the bottle. If you don’t have one, it’s certainly worth investing in one. (They range anywhere from $8 to more than $100.)

First, you’ll have to remove the foil from the top of the bottle. You can do this by running a knife under the lip of the bottle. 

Once the foil is out of the way, place the corkscrew over the cork, with the arms down to the sides. Hold it in place and turn the head clockwise, driving the screw into the cork. The arms will start to rise slowly.

Once the arms are fully up, use both your hands to pull them down to the side. Then lift the corkscrew off the bottle. 

Don’t twist all the way to the bottom, ensuring that you leave at least one coil showing out of the cork. Push the lever onto the lip of the bottle, using it as leverage. Then, pull the cork out of the neck of the bottle.

Get your wine glasses ready because your bottle is open!

How to Open a Wine Bottle with Fire and Heat

Heat is your friend when it comes to using physics to get that cork out. It’s one of the easiest methods to use, albeit it’s a bit dangerous and you have to be careful.

Here are a few ways how you can use heat to your advantage.

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How to Open a Wine Bottle with a Lighter

Do you have a lighter on you? Good – that’s all you need to open a wine bottle! The idea is to heat up the air just beneath the cork so the pressure increases and pops it out. Here’s the method:

  1. Remove the cover from the top of the bottle to expose the neck and the cork.
  2. Start heating up the bottleneck. Start slowly by heating around the neck with the flame. The goal is to warm it up first – a sudden increase in the temperature might break the glass.
  3. Once the bottle is warmed up, you can pretty much keep heating it up (still slowly rotating the bottle). This will take a couple of minutes before the cork starts moving.
  4. Wait for it to pop out.

This method is one of the easiest but it involves some hazard because you’re using open flame and heat. Use it carefully!

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How to Open Wine Bottle with a Torch

More ways to use heat to your favor in opening that bottle. A cooking blow torch comes to your aid. The idea is the same as using a lighter:

  1. Heat the neck of the bottle at the cork level (you should see the air gap under the cork).
  2. Keep turning the bottle and heating it evenly from all sides.
  3. It pops out due to expanding air in a few minutes.

This is a better and safer method than the lighter, but you need to have a cooking torch available.

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How to Open a Wine Bottle with Hot Water

Bringing the wine to a boil gets the cork out in a hands-off way. The only downside to this method is that boiling wine can mess up with the taste, and you have to wait for it to cool off.

But it does the job done:

  1. Pour some water into a pot (enough to immerse the bottle halfway).
  2. Bring the water to a boil.
  3. Put the bottle in.
  4. As the wine heats up, the air expands and pressure builds up, pushing the cork out.
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If all Else Fails, Just Push the Cork in

You can push the cork in with your finger until you need to find another object to finish the job. You can use a marker or a pen to get the cork to move. Sure you’ll have a cork sloshing around in your bottle of wine, but a quick glass of refreshing cabernet will help you forget that. Learn to build a pub shed to host friends for an evening of wine.