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How to Open a Bottle of Champagne

Opening a bottle of champagne without spraying it all over your friends or hitting a lightbulb with the cork is a fun, and upscale, challenge. While recklessly yanking out the cork and holding the frothing bottle to the sky will never get old, you really want to be able to choose the moments when that happens. And here is how you do it!

What You’ll Need:

  • A bottle of champagne or sparkling wine
  • A wine glass or champagne flute
  • An iron will


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  1. Find the tab on the foil wrapper near the cork. Peel off the wrapping, exposing the cage surrounding the cork.

  2. Hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle facing AWAY from anything or anyone you’d like to keep intact. Place a thumb firmly over the top of the cork and cage, then use your other hand to untwist the cage (six twists) but do not take the cage off.

  3. Grip the bottom of the bottle firmly in one hand, your other thumb still holding the cork in at the top. Twist the bottle, not the cork while maintaining pressure on the cork, and slowly allow it to be twisted free.

  4. You should hear a sharp “pop” when the cork comes free. Keep pressure on the cork a few moments longer to make sure nothing is going to rush out. Then remove the cork and serve the wine!

Savannah Says...

  1. I did this exactly and champagne still came rushing out.

    1. You opened the bottle too fast. The key is to very slowly allow the pressure to be released.
    1. Why are some bottles harder to open than others?

      1. Some corks are just waiting for a stiff breeze to set them free while others have all but grown roots into that bottle. You don’t know which kind you’ve got till you try to open it so just always assume it’s going to come flying out until proven otherwise.
      1. What is the difference between champagne and sparkling wine?

        1. True champagne comes from Champagne, France and you usually cannot find a bottle under $80. All other bottles are technically sparkling wine.

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