Should you ever find yourself with a wine bottle and no bottle opener, this French video might come in handy. It outlines two methods for removing the cork with a shoe. Method 1: Remove the foil that covers the cork, then start tapping on the bottom of the bottle with a shoe. Eventually, the narrator tells us, the cork will make its way out. Next comes Method 2, the preferred method we’re told, and it involves putting a bottle in a shoe, then tapping the shoe repeatedly against the wall–not too hard–until, voila, the cork can be removed by hand. Try this method at your own risk. And needless to say start with a cheap bottle of wine, and far away from an expensive rug.
Update: And cover the bottle with cloth in case the bottle shatters. Apparently that’s been known to happen.
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