The next time you find yourself with an unopened bottle of wine and there is no corkscrew to be found, fear not! Follow these three steps and you should be able to safely extract said cork! I have never been without a corkscrew myself, but I have had an occasionally “stubborn” bottle of wine where the cork is so firmly set that through only the most herculean of efforts was I able to uncork the bottle. I’ll have to give this remedy a trythe next time I run in to one of these difficult corks.
1. Remove the foil covering and wrap the bottom of the bottle in a thick towel.
2. Striking firmly, repeatedly hit the bottom of the bottle flush against a hard, vertical surface that has a little give. A tree trunk is perfect. Indoors, cushion the bottle in a shoe and hit it against a wall. The cork will start to protrude.
3. After the cork is about halfway out, carefully pry it out with your hand. (If the drink is carbonated, wait 15 minutes before prying.)
Source: Gary Vaynerchuk, host of WineLibraryTV.com.