Various notes have come to the Dr. Vino World Headquarters recently: “Is it possible?;” “I am expecting some dr. vino independent trials;” and “Hilarious, can it be done?”
Of course, they are all referring to the most discussed wine topic of today–not Bordeaux 2009 futures, not even natural wine–but how to open a bottle of wine with a shoe.
It all started with a video last fall of a drunken Frenchman and a group of his thirsty friends, which had tens of thousands of views on Youtube before being removed for some reason. Then came this sober French video:
Inspired, challenged, bored and thirsty on a summer afternoon, I grabbed a bottle of six-year-old Italian Pinot Grigio and three-year old California Sauvignon Blanc, both closed with real corks, and headed to the nearest sturdy tree. I banged the bottles against the tree with Crocs, Keens, dress shoes, cycling shoes, dish towels and, finally, straight-up, bottle against tree. Neither of the corks budged. Not a millimeter. Now I was sweaty, annoyed, chagrined and thirstier than before. And the wines had angry bubbles swirling around the bottles.
I’m not saying it can’t be done. I’m just saying I couldn’t do it that day. So my advice to you: at picnics, hiking, when you need to open a bottle without a corkscrew, bring a screwcap. Or champagne.
After the jump, check out the collection of “how to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew” videos for your your summer time-wasting needs!
This guy does it against a tree with his shoe. Deux Chevaux in background. Nice touch.
This guy does it by tapping the bottle on the tree. Good for him. Grr….
These French hikers do it! The French are so resourceful in this department…
More Frenchies, but with an American sneaker!
Finally! And American does it! And with a sneaker!
These guys get the job done using a Yellow Pages (do they still make those?).
These folks bust out some hardware–cheating!