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Watch John Legend Try to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

John Legend has some wine advice: Even when you can’t find your corkscrew, “you’re not screwed.” Chrissy Teigen’s husband recently tested out the top internet wine hacks for Tastemade because we’ve all experienced that moment when we’re itching for a bottle of vino but don’t have the necessary tools. The video comes off as a slickly produced ad for Legend’s wine, LVE, but it’s nice to know what works. If nothing else, Legend’s silky smooth voice will put you at ease.

The first hack is the screw method. Legend takes a normal screw, twists it into the cork and then uses a hammer to pull it out. He admits he’s “not much of a handyman,” but he’s handy enough to make this one work. If you’re doing this at home, make sure you don’t push the hammer too hard against the lip of the bottle.

The first hack is the screw method. Legend takes a normal screw, twists it into the cork and then uses a hammer to pull it out. He admits he’s “not much of a handyman,” but he’s handy enough to make this one work. If you’re doing this at home, make sure you don’t push the hammer too hard against the lip of the bottle.

The second hack is the lighter method. The idea is to heat the part of the bottle where there’s air between the wine and the cork. As the air gets hotter, it expands and forces the cork out. That can take a while, so Legend uses an industrial torch to heat the neck of the bottle. He puts on some safety glasses and gets to firing, making sure not to heat any parts of the bottle that the wine is touching. The cork inches up at first, and then shoots out like an exploding Champagne pop.

Finally he goes with the easy way out: pushing the cork into the bottle. “If it’s a wine emergency and you need to get to the bottle quick, you can just force the cork down into the bottle using a pen,” Legend explains. He forces it down and a little spurt of wine catches him in the face. “Still tastes great.”

Supercall has also tested the top internet wine opening hacks to see which work and which don’t. The easiest thing to do, though, is to keep a corkscrew handy. And if you can never remember where it is, there are always twist-off bottles.