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Know your Pinot from your Merlot and learn the proper way to open, pour, taste, and appreciate wine with this video series.
You Will Need
- A cold bottle of champagne
- A towel
- A bucket of ice water
- Salt (table or rock)
Make sure bottle is chilled
Champagne is best opened when very cold, so make sure you’re working with a well-chilled bottle. 43 to 48 degrees is ideal.
Dry bottle & point cork
Dry off the bottle so you can get a good grip, and point the cork away from people.
Peel foil wrapper
Peel off the foil wrapper, keeping the wire cage intact.
Loosely grip the bottle’s neck, placing your thumb on top of the cork.
Untwist wire cage
Begin untwisting the wire cage, keeping your finger (or palm) firmly over the cork.
Twist bottle & pull down
Don’t twist the cork at all. Keeping a good grip on the cork, and the bottle at a 45-degree angle, twist the fat part of the bottle as you pull the bottle down.
Pop and pour
When you hear the tell-tale soft pop, you’re home free—pour away!