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Best wine-related exercises and crafts to get through lockdown

With around 20% of the global population in lockdown, now is the time to round-up the best exercises and crafts you can do at home with a wine bottle.

With families forced into close quarters, the hospitality industry shut down and leisure facilities closed, cabin fever is well and truly setting in for many around the world.

In the UK this week, rules came into force restricting movement and giving the police powers to fine those who do not observe the two-metre rule.

Schools have been closed, home schooling is the norm, and the prospect of a fresh pint on draught seems a distant memory.

Light relief came with the addition of off-licences to the list of ‘essential shops’ that can remain open during the Covid-19 pandemic.

So, for those wishing social distancing also applied in the family home, here’s how a wine bottle can save you from going stir crazy.

The cork challenge


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Ellis Cork Challenge: We are having a bit of fun amongst the chaos, and challenging our team to the cork challenge. Place a cork on your elbow, with your hand by your shoulder (if you don’t have one, it’s the perfect excuse to open a bottle, or use something else – the limits are endless!) extend your arm and try your best to catch the cork. Send us your videos including any outtakes – as they are often the funniest part. Tag us with #EllisWinesolation @elliswines1822 See our graphic designer @mariablackstone having a go! We nominate @hrelliswines7 @hippo_inns @samsriversidew6 @samharrisonlondon and @andrei_lussmann @lussmanns . . . #elliswinesolation #wine #winelover #workinginwine #covid19 #corkchallenge

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The folks at Ellis Wines are leading the cork challenge charge, but can you compete?

Place a cork on your elbow, with your hand by your shoulder. Extend your arm and try to catch the cork. Sound simple? You’d be surprised.

Share your successful attempts, and outtakes, on social media, using the hashtag #corkchallenge. Tag the drinks business social channels and we’ll feature the best cork action.

Bonus points if you can match the double elbow triumph below…

Wine yoga

Sadly, yoga in the gym, or indeed in the vineyard, is off the menu for the foreseeable.

With time outdoors restricted, for those searching for some indoor exercise alternatives that involve a glass of vino, look no further.

Take a leaf out of Vino Vinyasa Yoga’s book – a company with exercise studios in Los Angeles, New York City and Austin – and incorporate creative yoga poses with fun wine facts.

Here’s some inspiration courtesy of Harold’s Planet, though we don’t recommend drinking the entire bottle…

Wine workout

Gym fanatics are well catered for too. Wine workout creator Megan Vaughan has some top tips for upgrading your indoor routine, from wine bottles on weights to sit-ups with a difference.

Cork crafts

Wine-dyed cork straps, part of the Analog Watch Company’s The Somm Collection.

Corks are amazingly versatile. The next time you polish off a bottle, why not try a bit of upcycling.

The closures can be fashioned to make pour spouts for bottles of oil or vinegar, or clean knives. They can be carved to make stamps, or used in decorative displays. They can even be ground up and used as mulch in the garden.

Need further inspiration. Here’s our 10 alternative uses for a cork.

Wine bottle re-purposing

Why not give bottles destined for the recycling a chance to shine in a new guise?

Glass bottles can be put to many uses, from bird feeders and irrigators, to boot stands and garden edging. See our list here. 

Depending on the extent of your cabin fever, you can even build your own house, Christmas tree or snowman with your wine-related detritus.

Perhaps most pertinent in the current times, glass bottles can be turned into liquid hand soap dispensers. Simply order an appropriate pouring nozzle online, and away you go.

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