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Genius Wine Hacks for Vino Lovers


Wine Tricks and Tips

Wine is a staple in most of our lives. There’s nothing better than curling up with a nice glass of vino after a long day at work, or having a glass or six when you’re out with your friends. But it isn’t without fault.

For example, unlike a bottle of vodka or a can of beer, it requires a tool to open (unless, of course, you go with the screw-off bottles). And then there is the whole problem of having to make sure it is finished before it goes bad because, despite what you’ve heard, not all wine gets better with age (at least not once the bottle has been opened).

Which is why we present to you the 12 wine hacks every wine-o needs in their life, so you can make sippin’ on this “grape juice” that much easier and more enjoyable.

No corkscrew?

You can still get that bottle open with some tools you may have lying around your house. A screw can be twisted in the cork and pulled out with pliers. Another option is tying a knot at the end of a string, drilling a hole in the cork, pushing the string in, then pulling it out. Don’t have access to any hardware tools around you at the moment? Try angling a key at a 45 degree angle, twist and pull.

Watch this video for more ideas:

If none of the above methods have worked, as a last resort you can just hack away at the cork with a knife, aggressively stabbing it and pushing it into the bottle (please be careful, psycho). Sure, now you have a floating cork in the bottle, which isn’t ideal. Fortunately, you can avoid drinking the cork bits by pouring the wine throw a coffee filter.

Left over wine?

If you have wine you aren’t going to drink, or is starting to going bad, freeze it in ice cube trays to use later for cooking.

Don’t know if it is bad or not? Red wine usually appears darker once its past expiration. White wines (not sparkling) will have bubbles. Also, it might smell like burnt rubber, wet dog, or vinegar.

Need to chill wine?

Freeze grapes to use as ice cubes without watering it down. Also, you can wet a paper towel and place it around the bottle, then place it in the freezer for a few minutes. For white wine, chill the bottle on a bucket of ice sprinkled with salt to speed the process up.

Make cheap wine taste better

You can enhance the sweetness by adding pineapple to white wine. Another option is to “aerate” the cheap wine in a blender for a few minutes, which makes the flavors come out faster.

Red wine stains?

After a few glasses of wine you may find yourself dealing with a stained shirt. Don’t panic. Below are a few wine stain removal tricks to try:

  • If the stain is still wet: soak it in milk and let it soak for an hour;, or cover it in salt, baking soda or kitty litter, let it soak, then brush it off
  • If the stain has already dried: apply shaving cream to the area, let it sit for an hour, then wash in warm water

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Casey is a freelance writer and editor living in NYC. She’s passionate about green tea, reading, yoga, tongue-in-cheek humor, and the daily struggle of not over-thinking things.