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No Corkscrew? No Problem – Just Use a Shoe

August 18th, 2010 · 3 Comments

We’ve all been there – with a nice bottle of wine, a loaf of bread and some thou beside us in a wilderness – or urban area – with no corkscrew in sight.

Here’s a lesson in opening a wine bottle using a shoe. The tricks are:

a) Have a hard-soled shoe – a tennis shoe won’t cut it. So carry around an old man’s shoe if you prefer not to remember a corkscrew…

b) Pound gently just to get the cork far enough removed to pull it the rest of the way with your hand; and

c) Don’t do this over white carpeting. Oh, and don’t do it with Champagne. You don’t need more wine if you can’t figure out how to pop open a bottle of bubbly…

Watch and learn from Pascal of Bistro Bordeaux.

Tags: Sips: Drinkables · Today in the World of Food

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Joe // Aug 18, 2010 at 10:09 am

    People might look at you funny at a dinner party, but if you are in a pinch I guess it could work — or get wine all over the place.

  • 2 Jan Norris // Aug 18, 2010 at 10:14 am

    One hopes that at a dinner party, you’d have a real corkscrew! But if the conversation lulls, it’s a neat parlor trick, I expect…

  • 3 Charlie Soo // Aug 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I can’t wait to pull that one out of the tool box, when the opportunity presents itself!

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