A Safe Way, an Expert Way and a FUN Way to open a Bottle of Sparkling Wine

This last video of an embarrassing saber fail at the French Laundry will make you want to cry $2,000 bottle of champagne ruined!


Open That Sparkling Wine With Confidence
Opening a bottle of sparkling wine makes lots of people a bit nervous. Even wine enthusiasts are nervous when they hear about sabering, wondering if they should try. It’s not so hard, really!  Let’s go through a few basics on all the ways to open a bottle of sparkling wine.

Safe Way to Open: Cover with a Towel
One of the risks of sparkling wine is when the cork goes flying before you’re ready. You could put someone’s eye out! Master the safe way and you’ll be comfortable anytime you’re called upon to open that expensive bottle of Champagne.

Here are a few steps to remember:

  • Chill the bottle well
  • Remove the foil
  • Drape a towel over the top to prevent an errant cork flying away
  • The plaque du muselet (wire cage holding the cork in place) requires 6 half-turns to open fully.
  • Leave…

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