It is time to pop the cork and have a little bit of fun! So today, we’re going to learn how to open champagne without poking out someones eye with the cork. So what’s really interesting about champagne is you need to store it with your other wines. Don’t keep it in the refrigerator, it loses it’s fizz. Right before you’re ready to serve the champagne either put it in an ice bath to chill it, or put it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours so it gets about 45 degrees and that’s perfect temperature for serving your sparkling fun!
So one thing you want to do when you open up wine is take off the foil wrapper that’s on top, and just take its hat off if you will. You’ll see that there’s a little cage that’s on top. You’ll want to turn it about seven half turns. Then, what you want to do is wrap that napkin around the cage and then keep your thumb on top of the cork. The colder the champagne the less it will pop. It’s okay to have a little bit of a pop, but what you want to do is keep the champagne from spilling out and trying to minimize the pop because that means the sparkle is getting released and it will be a flatter champagne.
So take a hold of your bottle, keep a hold of the cage, and turn the bottle and not the cork and let it just kind of slip open. So there we go, we’ve got our champagne all in tact. No waste here…cheers!