How to Open a Bottle of Champagne

Learn the easiest, safest, and best way to open a bottle of champagne. Remember, don't shake it and don't point it at your guests!

Released on 11/11/2008

Credits

Starring: Rebecca Chapa

Transcript

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(upbeat music)
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Opening a bottle of champagne.
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Champagne is typically served as a high-end
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celebratory drink.
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However, there are so many good, affordable
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champagnes that it's possible to have it more casually.
00:24
Start with the bottle upright on a countertop.
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Peel the foil cover off and carefully
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remove the wire cage.
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Keep in mind the cork could go flying
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once the wire is removed.
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Don't ever shake the bottle or you'll
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wind up with a huge mess.
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Then, place a dishtowel over the cork.
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Gently twist the bottle to loosen the cork
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and slowly ease the cork out of the bottle's neck.
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Listen for the pop and pour.
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Remember to always work with the cork
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aimed away from your face and away from your guests.
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Champagne is always served cold and is best
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drunk at a temperature of around 43
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to 48 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Cheers!