How to Open Champagne Correctly
Have you decided on a Champagne or sparkling wine to celebrate? Did you select the right glass? Do you know how to open Champagne correctly? If not, no worries. Here are a few tips on how to prep the glasses, chill, cork, and poor a glass Champagne or sparkling wine.
Keep the Glasses
If you invested in expensive Champagne or sparkling wine glasses, you may want to wash them by hand using a very fragrance-free mild detergent. Add a drop of mild detergent to each glass and sponge the soap around to remove all stains or marks. Thoroughly rinse the glasses, ensuring no soap residue is left on your champagne flute as this will interfere with the flavor and affect the carbonation of the champagne.
Carefully dry the glasses (twisting a towel inside to dry puts pressure on the glass and may cause breakage). Store them upright and shelter them from dust use until the next use.
Chill the Bubbly
Bubbly is best at a cool temperature (approximately 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 Celsius)). If your bottle isn’t yet chilled yet and the countdown is near, place the bottle in a bucket with ice, water and salt to quickly chill it.
Don’t leave the bubbly in the freezer. Doing so will disturb the balance of the alcohol and ruin the liquid gold.
Cork and Pour the Bubbly
Old films show people opening bubbly with a loud popping noise of the cork, but the cork should ease out of the bottle with a slight hint of sound. We’re talking Champagne or sparkling wine, not a can of brewski.
Here’s what you need to do to open Champagne correctly and impress your guests:
- First, pull off the foil to reveal the cork (bouchon).
- Second, cover the cork with a lovely cloth napkin or your finger and untwist to loosen the wire cage (muselet). There’s 70 pounds behind the cork so you’ll want to be careful not to point towards a person or precious item.
- Third, with the base of the bottle pressing you, tilt the top of the bottle away from you (and your guests) at a 45-degree angle.
- Fourth, still grasping the cork and wire cage, gently twist the bottle and tilt the cork a bit to allow some gasses to escape. You’ll hear soft pop.
- Fifth, pour the Champagne into flute or tulip glasses. If there is any leftover bubbly, use a Champagne stopper to preserve the wine’s sparkle for many hours.
Now that you know how to open Champagne correctly you can finally enjoy your glass of bubbly and move onto kissing and making resolutions.
Happy New Year’s Eve!!