Use Your Shoe To Open A Bottle Of Wine

The next time you find yourself somewhere without a corkscrew, try the technique in this video before you buy one. If you’ve got a shoe and a wall, you might be able to tap the cork out with a few carefully controlled smacks.

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  1. chefguru says:

    awesome! I’ll have to remember that

  2. keith4298 says:

    Mezmerized – but will it work in real life?

    • zuvembi says:

      It actually does work. I was visiting my brother in Philly about three months ago, and we realized he didn’t have a corkscrew for the bottle we were about to open.

      I grabbed my shoe, took the bottle and banged it against the wall repeatedly (esconsed in my shoe). It took about a minute, really not bad at all.

  3. Bane of Corporations says:

    Now don’t go banging holes in your sheetrock walls. That wall looks like cement. Nice trick tho.

  4. ndonahue says:

    A more “real-life” example

  5. Difdi says:

    Don’t try this with anything sparkling. The explosion is messy.

    • Doc S says:

      Most corks in sparklers don’t require a corkscrew anyway, just take off the wire cage, hold the cork, twist the bottle. The main exception being some Prosecco’s.

  6. Big Mama Pain says:

    This is OLD NEWS!!!! (Oh, and it works) : D

  7. montusama says:

    I’ll have to try this…very shortly.

  8. wellfleet says:

    I call BS. What Frenchman doesn’t have a corkscrew with him at all times?

  9. PanCake BuTT says:

    Will it bruise my grape juice ?