Have you ever needed to open a traditional bottle of wine without having a corkscrew handy? This video explains how to get it done... by using your shoe.
Several years ago, my wife and I spent our anniversary in a cozy B&B nestled in a picturesque corner of the Blue Mountains. Following a romantic dinner, we retired to our room with a bottle of wine in tow, only to discover there was no corkscrew in the cutlery drawer.
After attacking the cork with a butter knife for the better part of an hour, we went to bed sober and decidedly unrandy. It was the worst thing that's ever happened in the history of the universe.
If only I'd been privy to this simple shoe hack, eh?
Before anyone brings it up in the comments, I'm aware that most contemporary wines are now equipped with twist tops. Corked varieties do still exist however; they often come as a nasty surprise when you order from online stores such as GraysOnline (I speak from bitter experience).
But hang on -- wouldn't repeatedly pounding a wine bottle against a wall affect the content's flavour? If any wine snobs are reading, tell us what you think in the comments section below.
[Via Mirabeau Wine]