Opening A Wine Bottle Without A Corkscrew

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Neil Hudelson says:

    Yeah I’ve never gotten the bangin-it-against-the-wall method to work.

    As some who is on the road about 2 weeks a month, and who often forgets a corkscrew, I often just use the handle of a toothbrush to push the cork down into the bottle.

  2. john personna says:

    @Neil Hudelson:

    You sir, deserve a Swiss Army Knife

  3. john personna says:

    (Doh, forgot you can’t fly with them.)

  4. Neil Hudelson says:

    Yeah, I have a swiss army knife and a wine key I usually throw in the suitcase, but every so often (50% of the time) I forget.

  5. Hal 10000 says:

    You know, with most of these, it would seem like getting someone to drive you to Walmart for a $5 corkscrew would be faster and easier.

  6. mer says:

    when i was a teenager, we just broke the neck off of the bottle.

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Thanx Doug. For once I learned something useful from the internet.