Open A Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew (Reflection #18)


This video clip appeared online this week and was definitely seen by many people in the wine business. The language is French and I feel confident to assume the location is France! The person in the video is making a bet or something and rips the foil of the wine bottle by his teeth before proceeding to use one of his shoes as a cushion to bang the bottle against the wall gasing up the contents and forcing the cork out slowly. The opening is difficult until one knows how it is done and then it sounds too easy. Why do this? Why open a bottle of wine by banging it against the wall? And why make a video of it to share? I can answer the second question. Video clips are too common and basically have no value except for a quick view. Anything that can be shot and viewed for a few seconds of entertainment is worthy of shooting nowadays. That is the reason why it is significant to shoot a video of this and share it. And why it is received well by the viewers but why bang the bottle against the wall? Why does it seem amusing to open a bottle of wine without any tools? I think we are too used to how certain tasks are done and cannot even try to think out of the box. The whole idea of opening a bottle of wine without an opener is mindbuggling. One cannot even try to think of how to do it. The process of uncorking is so embedded in our minds that we never ever think for a fraction of a second that some alternative may exist. The interesting point about opening a bottle of wine without the tool is not that it can be opened but that one has to stop and think of the possibility. Why would you want to open a bottle of wine without an opener? Why not find an opener? That question forces one to appreciate this unusual process of opening the bottle. That is my opinion and what do you think?

*This post belongs to this week’s edition of Wine by Cush Magazine blog and published early in World of Cush also.

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