We want you to have not only a festive and fun New Year’s Eve, but also a safe one.
A bottle of Champagne — whether it’s a vintage wine like the floral, fruitful and fresh 2009 Cristal by Louis Roederer or the rich and bubbly multi-vintage Brut Tradition from Champagne Delavenne Père & Fils — has a lot of pressure under the cork that seals the bottle.
Specifically, 70 to 90 pounds per square inch, or about three times the pressure in a typical set of tires.
That’s why opening a bottle of Champagne must be approached with care.
Step by step, here’s how to remove a Champagne cork safely:
- Remove the foil on the top of the bottle.
- Slowly “unwind” the wire “cage” handle.
- As you remove the cage, quickly place a hand towel on top of the cork.
- While gently pressing down, slowly twist the cork. Note: You need to press down in order to counter the pressure of the bubbles inside the bottle.
- Keep holding the cork with the towel while it comes out of the bottle’s neck.
Instead of a loud “pop,” you’ll instead hear a gentle “poof,” and the wine will be ready to pour.
Safely… bubbly… and deliciously.