- Posted Anna Lipkovskaya
- Date: March 28, 2017 at 8:33 pm
How to uncork a bottle of champagne beautifully and correctly
Champagne is traditionally an important attribute of the festive table. It has an unsurpassed taste, aroma and millions of bubbles, merrily sparkling in a beautiful glass. The solemn opening of the bottle marks the beginning of the holiday, resembling a volley from guns, after which the real fun begins. However, the process of extracting the plug sometimes causes a slight panic in people who do not know how to do it right. Improper opening of the bottle can lead to sad consequences. At the same time, half the content of the container, accidentally spilled on the floor, will be the most insignificant of them. Anyone can learn to open a bottle of champagne beautifully; it is not as difficult as it seems at first glance.
Nuances to make sparkling wines easy to open
A loud shot with the departure of a cork from a champagne bottle is not at all a sign of good tone.According to the existing rules, it is quiet cotton that testifies to the high quality of the drink and the ability to present it.For the success of this procedure, it is necessary to prepare a bottle of sparkling wine before serving. Observing the existing rules, even a beginner can open the wine.
Before serving, a bottle of champagne should be cooled to an optimum temperature of no more than 4–8º C. For this purpose, you can use a special bucket - cooler, pre-filled with ice water. This cooling method will allow to achieve the required temperature within 30–40 minutes. Cooling the bottle exclusively with ice will take much longer.
In order not to force guests to wait too long for champagne, consider the time of its cooling in advance.
An ice cooler will cool a sparkling drink in 30–40 minutes
Tip: If you want to shorten the cooling time, pour a few tablespoons of salt into the cooler besides the ice.
No less successfully you can cool champagne in the refrigerator. However, it is not necessary to put the bottle in the freezer.As a result of gradual cooling, the drink will reach the desired temperature after 6 hours.
Full cooling of champagne in the refrigerator comes after 6 hours
If there is no ice and a cold room at hand, you can cool the drink with cold running water. However, this method will not provide complete cooling, but it will completely reduce the temperature to 10 ° C.
Technical conditions for the production of sparkling wines involve the use of cork stoppers only.If it is made of plastic, then you have an authentic champagne in your hands. Such drinks are characterized by the presence of a large amount of carbon dioxide, which contributes to strong foaming.
Plastic cork is not used to seal genuine champagne
To safely open the bottle, it is necessary to smooth the cork. Usually, its extraction does not require much effort, as it moves due to gas pressure. Your task is only to provide control over the position of the vessel. At the moment when the cork leaves the neck completely, the bottle should be tilted slightly to ensure a slow release of carbon dioxide out.
Regardless of the type of cork, a bottle of sparkling wines is stored only in a horizontal position.
Wines passing through the process of natural champagnation are traditionally sealed exclusively with wooden cork stoppers. Such drinks do not create high pressure inside the bottle, so the process of uncorking without cotton is a simpler task.
Cork is more than just a blockage device. In fact, it is a filter through which wine breathes in order to live and develop.
After unscrewing the wire, it is necessary to fix the cork with the left hand while simultaneously holding the bottle by the bottom and turning it with the right hand. When the cork is almost out of the bottle, you need to reduce the speed of its advancement. This will avoid a shot.
Up to a certain point, champagne bottles often exploded in wine cellars. This was the reason for the invention of the myselet (wire mesh) in 1844.
When opening a champagne corkscrew is usually not used. However, there are cases in which the cork can break, which will significantly complicate further manipulations. In such a situation, a special corkscrew for champagne bottles can come to the rescue.