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How to open a bottle of sparkling wine

Opening a bottle of sparkling wine

Step by step:

  1. Make sure your sparkling wine is nice and chilled (6 – 10 degrees C is perfect). There are 6 bars of pressure in a bottle of Champagne. Chilling reduces this, and also ensures your wine will be at optimum serving temperature.
  2. Remove the foil
  3. Loosen the wire cage while holding the cork in place with your thumb
  4. Tilt the bottle at an angle of around 30 degrees, gripping the cage and cork in one hand, and the base of the bottle in the other
  5. Rotate the bottle, not the cork
  6. Hold the cork firmly, resisting its urge to fly out, and slowly ease it from the bottle
  7. The bottle should open quietly, not with and explosion, people screaming and a flying cork (although granted, this is more fun!)

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