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November 6, 2009

How to open a bottle of wine with your shoe

This could have come in handy in college, when corkscrews were hard to come by. I can't tell you how many times we ended up jamming the cork down into the wine, which almost always meant tiny bits of cork bobbing in your glass.

Not only does this shoe method look like a fun party trick (or an ace in the hole, if you don't have a corkscrew), it seems like even tipsy Frenchmen can do it. And if tipsy Frenchmen can do it, so can we. Thanks to Owl Meat for sharing the vid:

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:30 AM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Random stuff


I imagine disaster if I did it.

Finally, a peaceful application of physics!

I notice the title isn't "How to GRACEFULLY open a bottle of wine with your shoe". I'm not sure how well that would go over in somebody's house. And, sadly, I don't stumble around on the street with open containers anymore...

Alternate takes of the video might be called, "How to ruin a shoe" and "How to get arrested for four separate offenses".

I've heard that cracking the top glass ring part of the bottle off with the blunt end of a chef's knife works too.

This method might be a bit messier, but it works every time:

This could have come in handy in college, when corkscrews were hard to come by.

I call BS, Sam. Everyone knows Mad Dog caps are twist-off.

BS, BA -- Mad Dog is high school stuff, along with rum and cokes. college was all about good beer and bombay and tonics. and post college is all about scotch, better beer and wine. thank god it's friday.

Very well, Sam. I admit defeat and defer to your obviously superior knowledge about which types of alcohol to use to pick up underage chicks.

MAAAAhhh, The French.....

Where do you get my videos? I am much like a genius, dont you see? Zut alors, most aplogies for missing yuor dance party San Sessa! Whoooooooooooooooosh ... no more cork.

You said a "tipsy" French man, they look a few swills past tipsy. Man did that make me happy watching that. I have had a very trying week and that made me laugh out loud how proud his "tipsy" friends were when he got it out! Definitely one to lable "Do not try this at home"

This is why French People are Kings of the Vino! Let me know if you need a translation of what they were saying ;)

Thanks for the post.

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