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Suppose that you’re out in the middle of nowhere when all of a sudden you get a craving for that delicious, scrumptious bottle of California Cabernet Sauvignon in your backpack, but unfortunately you don’t have a corkscrew. What would you do?
While that’s certainly a bizarre scenario — why would you be in the middle of nowhere with a bottle of wine? — one self-identified “wine lover,” Jamie Griff, decided to solve the problem for himself and then share his uncanny solution with the world.
In a TikTok video uploaded about a week ago, Griff demonstrated how anyone equipped with nothing but their clothes and shoes can open a bottle of wine.
The trick, he explained, involves removing one of your shoes, placing the bottle of wine in the shoe and then smacking the wine-holding shoe on a tree.
“I really like this way because it’s truly — you’re in the middle of nowhere, you have no tools, nothing except for the shoe on your foot and the bottle of wine. Let’s see how this goes,” he says in the uber-viral TikTok video.
“First thing, get the foil off. Second thing, take your shoe off, stick the bottle in the shoe. I find that Nike’s worst best. I’m going to use a tree like we’re in the middle of nowhere and we have nothing else. But a good, solid wall will work just fine. And the key is …”
Banging the shoe against a tree so that the force travels from the tree to the shoe and to the cork, which is slowly but surely pushed out.
Watch a copy of his TikTok below, or access the original here:
It’s not the only wine-opening method out there — let alone the only one that’s been demonstrated by Griff — but it may very well be the best because of its universal applicability. Well, except for in deserts, but if you’re craving wine while standing alone in the middle of the desert, then you have other problems to attend to first.
As for the wine itself, this trick will work with ANY corked bottle of wine, including the delicious California Chardonnay pictured below:.
Ever wondered why quality wine like California Chardonnay are corked?
“Cork started to become the sealing material of choice in the late 1600’s when it became possible to create glass wine bottles with an almost uniform shape and design. It took until the late 1700’s to create easy to use corkscrews for the wine lover or tavern owner,” The Wine Cellar Insider notes.
“At that point in history, cork replaced glass wine stoppers, which while they worked well, glass stoppers were not easy to remove without breaking the wine bottle. The pairing of the cork and wine bottle ushered fine wine into the modern age, as from that point forward, wine had the ability to age and evolve in the bottle.”
Fine wine like the hand-crafted wine produced by We The People “to reflect our American values.”
“We emphasize the wine’s fruit and acidity rather than alcohol and tannins, achieving elegance and balance for the perfect finish. Our California wine pairs well with a broad range of palates making it the perfect table wine,” the patriotic wine company notes.
The company sells 2018 California Cabernet Sauvignon and 2019 California Chardonnay both individually and via a wine club membership.
See some more wine bottle-opening tricks below:
Ironically, Griff’s method is also included in the video.
Now, these days not all wine bottles are packaged with a cork. Some use a simple screw. In fact, screw-based wine bottles are slowly growing in popularity, though the path forward for them is a tough one because of cork’s dignified perception.
A study conducted three years ago by the wine market research company Wine Opinions found that 97 percent of respondents viewed corks as a sign of quality.
“Reasons respondents stated for preferring cork were led by the notion that natural cork evokes an important sense of heritage, while the enjoyment of opening wine sealed with a cork, the ‘pop’ and the ‘ritual’ creating a unique distinctiveness at the moment of consumption were also cited,” Packaging Strategies magazine reported at the time.
“Importantly, respondents also found cork to be conducive to wine aging, a marker to check the quality of the brand before purchasing, and an indicator of overall quality.”
Plus, a cork is much more environmentally friendly.
“The fact is that cork is a 100 percent renewable and sustainable natural resource, harvested every nine years without damaging the tree. It not only provides important CO2 retention, a crucial tool to fight climate change, it also provides one of the world’s 36 most important biodiversity hotspots,” Peter Weber of the Cork Quality Council said to the magazine.
Getting buzzed AND saving the environment at the same time? Not bad …
Just make sure you pick some quality wine!
Speaking of which:
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