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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