Have you ever come across a situation, where you are ready to serve the wine, and the corkscrew is not seen? Instead of fretting over the missing corkscrew, you need to think of some alternative to open the wine bottle. For this purpose, you need is a little bit of patience and some simple tools.
Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew
Use a Knife: Insert the pointed end of a long, serrated knife into the cork. As it covers almost half an inch through the cork, move the knife back and forth and pull it out gently. The cork may come out with the knife. If the cork is not coming out, even after repeated efforts, push it downwards, so that it goes down the bottle. If you don't mind the cork floating in the wine, you can directly push it downwards rather than trying to pull it out.
Use Screw and Pliers: A corkscrew can be replaced with a screw with deep grooves, a screwdriver and pliers. Using the screwdriver, gently insert the screw through the middle of the cork. Stop when the screw is halfway through the cork. Use the pliers to pull out the screw, which will come out, along with the cork. You may also use a claw hammer to pull out the screw and the cork.
Hitting Method: This is one of the easiest and simplest methods to open a wine bottle, if you do not have a corkscrew. All you have to do is to hit the bottom of the wine bottle against a flat and vertical surface. You must hit the bottle firmly and evenly, but, in a slightly slanting position. As the bottle is fragile, it will be better to wrap its bottom part with a towel. If you are indoors, keep a book against the wall and hit the bottle against the book. In case of an outdoor party, the surface of a tree trunk will be perfect. Don't hit so hard that the bottle breaks. Once you start hitting the bottle gently, the pressure inside the bottle builds up and the cork comes out partially. You can pull out the cork without much effort. If you continue hitting, the cork will come out with force, causing the wine to spill out.
Use a String: A sturdy string can be used to remove a cork from the wine bottle. Tie the string tightly around the cork and gently pull at it. The cork may also come out along with the string. If the string is slightly thicker, like a boot lace, you can push the knot downwards using a sharp tool. Once the knot is below the cork, gently pull the string, so that the cork also comes out.
These methods are very simple and easy to perform. So removing cork from a wine bottle is not that difficult, even though you don't have a corkscrew.