How to Remove a Cork From a Corkscrew

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There are many types of corkscrews on the market today. Each has its own method for pulling the cork out of the bottle, and some people may prefer certain types over others.

However, removing a cork from any corkscrew should be a simple task regardless of its type, size, and pulling method.

If you want to purchase a corkscrew but you are unsure whether it’s easy to remove a cork from it afterward, read on. In this article, we will describe how to use some of the most popular corkscrews around to provide context when we go on to describe how to remove the corks after opening.

Using a Corkscrew Properly

It’s extremely easy to remove a cork from a corkscrew after pulling it out from the bottle. Of course, this is only true if you used the corkscrew properly. Otherwise, the cork can get stuck or damaged, which can make it much more difficult to remove.

Remove a Cork from a Simple Corkscrew

A simple corkscrew is T-shaped with a handle on top and a metal spiral worm. These are the simplest and the most common corkscrews and using one is straightforward. You just need to follow these steps.

  1. Remove the foil from the wine bottle with a knife. Make sure that you stick the top of the corkscrew into the center of the cork. If the corkscrew is closer to the edge, there’s a chance it will get will stuck. There’s also a higher chance for it to get damaged.
  2. Twist the corkscrew clockwise until the spiral is fully in the cork.
  3. Pull the handle until the cork is out.
  4. Remove the cork from the corkscrew by turning it counter-clockwise.

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Remove a Cork From a ‘Winged’ Corkscrew

Besides the simple corkscrew, the ‘winged’ corkscrew is another widely used corkscrew type. It has a handle on top and two wings that make it easier to remove the cork after the spiral is fully in the fully. This type of corkscrew is also known as a butterfly corkscrew. This is how you should use it:

  1. Mount the corkscrew on the bottle.
  2. Twist the handle clockwise. Unlike a simple corkscrew, which you’d have to turn the whole thing, you only have to work the handle with this one.
  3. Once the spiral is completely in, push the two wings downward to pull out the cork.
  4. To remove the cork, you need to return the wings to their regular position. This will expose the cork. After that, turn the cork counter-clockwise until it’s completely out.

Remove a Cork from a Lever Corkscrew

Lever corkscrews are popular among professionals and in restaurants and cafés. These are the most convenient corkscrews to use but require a lot of drawer space since they are much bigger than simple and winged corkscrews.

Removing the cork from these corkscrews is also fairly easy if you do everything correctly. Just follow these steps:

  1. Set the corkscrew on a bottle. Most lever corkscrews have a socket that automatically centers the spiral worm.
  2. Pull the lever down to fully pierce the cork.
  3. Move the lever up and it will pull out the cork too.
  4. To remove it, simply turn the cork in the opposite direction of the spiral.

Remove a Cork from an Ah-So Wine Opener

If the cork is damaged or extremely old, regular corkscrews can make it crumble and break apart. The pieces of cork can fall into the wine, perhaps altering the taste in an instant. If you have a damaged cork, you should use an Ah-So wine opener made specifically for these more sensitive corks.

Instead of a classic spiral worm, this opener has two uneven length prongs. You need to insert them along the edge of the cork instead of the center. This is how you do it:

  1. Insert the long prong first between the cork and the glass.
  2. Push it a little and then insert the shorter prong.
  3. Wiggle the corkscrew back and forth as it goes deeper into the neck of the bottle.
  4. Be extremely careful since you can push the cork into the bottle and ruin everything.
  5. Once it reaches the end, twist and pull up the corkscrew to remove the cork.
  6. Take the damaged cork out of the corkscrew.


As you can see, removing a cork is an extremely easy task. It may differ a little bit depending on the corkscrew, but it comes down to simply twisting it until it comes off.

Even if the cork is damaged or stuck, you should turn it counter-clockwise until you remove it from the corkscrew. This is the only way to remove the cork from a corkscrew without the cork breaking apart.

So, if you’re wondering whether a certain type of corkscrew will make it difficult for you to remove the cork – it won’t. You can go ahead and purchase whichever one you like.

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