'Tis the season for bubbly

There is hardly a better time of year to enjoy a glass of chilled sparkling wine with family and friends.

by: Wade Bales | 21 Dec 2006

During this, the season of celebration and good cheer, sparkling wine is an obvious choice when it comes to entertaining.

Our wine expert, Wade Bales explains how to uncork a bottle of your favourite bubbly without injuring your guests or scaring the pets.

1 Chilling Sparkling wine should be served thoroughly chilled to about 5 degrees to prevent the cork from emerging violently from the bottle.

2 Removing the wire and foil. Then lift the wire toggle and untwist clockwise, while keeping your other hand over the cork to prevent accidents. Remove the wire cap and the foil together.

3 Removing the cork. Hold the exposed part of the cork fi rmly in place with one hand and turn the bottle slowly with the other hand. When you feel the cork starting to rise, press firmly to prevent it from shooting out. After removing the cork, blow into the bottle to minimise foaming.

4 Pour into chilled glasses and enjoy.


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Did you know?

A sabre can also be used to open a bottle with great ceremony. This technique is called ‘sabrage’. The sabre is slid along the body of the bottle toward the neck and hits the cork with great force, causing it to fly off. However, even if you have a sabre at home, this method is probably best left to the professionals.

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