How To Open Champagne Without A Wimbledon Cork Situation

Before you pop bottles with wild abandon this summer, it’s probably worth asking how you actually, properly open a bottle of champagne.

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situation, after all. Better to know now than to have a hurried Google search right when someone passes you their glass.

Also, better to know how to open champagne safely, rather than taking someone’s eye out with a flying cork.

So, how do you go about opening a bottle?

1. Remove the foil

This is your first step to greatness. Remove the foil covering the cork at the top. Don’t panic, you don’t need to get rid of every last scrap, just make sure you’ve got the bulk off.

2. Twist open the wire cage

Have a look at the cork and you’ll see a wire loop that’s all twisted up. Slowly twisting this will loosen the cage that’s holding the cork in place. Keep one thumb on the cork while you gently twist it open.

3. Remove the cork

Now you’ve got a couple of options. If you want to pop the cork in wild celebration, shake the bottle to stir up the bubbles, aim the cork away from yourself, your pals, or anything breakable, and use your thumb to push the cork out of the bottle.

You might want to twist and wiggle it a little loose before doing this, so you’re not awkwardly straining to spray champagne everywhere. But popping the cork isn’t necessary, and in most cases it ends up wasting quite a bit of your booze.

If you’re actually interested in drinking the champers rather than spraying it everywhere, you’ll want to gently ease out the cork. Grip the body of the bottle in one hand, then use your other hand to hold the cork, with your palm on top.