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At 7Cellars, our winemaking team wants to make sure you know how to open a bottle of wine, regardless if you have a waiter’s key or not! Learning the ins and outs of getting a bottle of wine open without a corkscrew is crucial to ensuring that you’ll have a vino-filled evening! Below, you will find a step-by-step guide that details a few different methods you can use to get your bottle of 7Cellars wine open and decanted with no corkscrew at all!

Disclaimer: These methods of getting a bottle of wine open without a corkscrew are not always 100% foolproof. If done incorrectly, some of these tactics are prone to ruining your bottle of wine with little hope of salvaging it. From the wine bottle breaking, to the cork shedding into the wine, there are multiple ways these DIY methods can mess things up. Always be conscious of what you’re doing, and make sure to find a corkscrew if you are trying to open any rare bottles of wine!

Method 1: Screw, Screwdriver, & Hammer

This method requires a long screw (the longer, the better), a hammer, and a screwdriver, and is one of the safest ways to get a cork out of a wine bottle without a waiter’s key. Before you start going to town, be aware that this tactic requires a lot of strength and dedication, as it can fatigue you easily. Simply take a screw and screw it into the center of the cork with a screwdriver until there is about an inch or so of the screw left showing. Once the screw is in place, take the claw of the hammer, lock it under the screw, and start pulling the cork out.

Method 2: Wooden Spoon Handle

To get your bottle of wine open, simply take the handle of your wooden spoon, or something similar in size and length, and push the cork down into the bottle of wine. With this method, it’s impossible to remove the cork from the bottle once you push it in. Additionally, if your bottle of wine is old, the cork may crumble and shed into the wine once pushed in…ruining your entire bottle immediately.

Method 3: Bike Pump

Take a bike pump that has a long needle attached to it and push it all the way through the cork until the needle reaches the air between the cork and the wine. Then, pump air into the bottle. As you pump, the cork should slowly move out of the bottle from the air pressure you’re putting inside it.

Method 4: Smack It Out

The last and final method is also the most dangerous one! Proceed with caution, as the bottle could shatter in your hands and dump wine all over the floor. Simply wrap the bottom of the wine bottle in a thick towel – or two to be extra safe- and then bang it against a wall repeatedly. You can also use the towel-wrapped bottle and place it inside a shoe to add more protection, similarly smacking the sole of the shoe against the wall, or with your hand. Remember to stop your smack-fest once the cork gets close to coming completely out, otherwise, you’re going to have a huge – and permanent – mess on your hands.

Napa Valley Award-Winning Wine From 7Cellars

Here at 7Cellars, we are proud of our distinctive brand of dignified, yet approachable wines created by Hall of Fame football legend, philanthropist, and restaurateur John Elway. At 7Cellars, our winemaking team has the unique opportunity to work closely with wine legends Rob Mondavi Jr., Tony Coltrin, and Mari Coyle in California’s most renowned grape-growing regions, yielding some of the most sophisticated wines out there. From our Elway’s Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, to our Carneros Chardonnay, we pour our hearts and souls into every barrel of wine we bottle.

Not only does 7Cellars cultivate great tasting wine, but we also set out to pay-it-forward with every bottle of wine sold by helping to reunite veterans with a sense of purpose. Our nonprofit organization, Team Rubicon, allows veterans all across the United States to organize and lead disaster relief campaigns to those in need!

Contact 7Cellars Today To Taste Our Elegant Wines!

Want to enjoy great tasting Denver wine while making a difference for veterans all across the country? Grab a bottle or two of 7Cellars wine from our website, or from a wide array of restaurants and stores across the country. On behalf of John and his winemaking team at 7Cellars, we guarantee that our wines will be some of the best you’ve ever tasted. To find out more about how we help veterans with our wine, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!