Open Champagne

Every New Year’s Eve, many people wonder how to open champagne. Chef Jason Hill of shows you how to open champagne the correct way using tips he learned during a recent visit to Domaine Chandon in Napa Valley. The winery is well known for its sparkling wines, made in the classic French methode champenoise style. Before opening champagne, be sure your bottle is chilled to about 45-55 degrees. I like to fill my ice bucket with half ice cubes and half cold water and chill the bottle for about 30 minutes. You can also chill the wine in the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Once the bottle is chilled, dry it with a towel and remove the foil over the cork. Leave the wire hood intact. You should never use a corkscrew to open a champagne bottle. To properly open sparkling wine or champagne, grab the neck of the bottle with your left hand and place your thumb over the top of the cork. Tilt the bottle away from you at a 45-degree angle, pressing the bottom of the bottle against your body. Next, use your free hand to pull down the wire tab and untwist it counter clockwise until it is loose. Now, with a firm grasp still on the cork, slowly twist the bottle and tilt the cork slightly to let gas escape. The pressure of the bubbles should push the cork out safely. If, for some reason, the cork will not release, try running the neck of the bottle under hot water. Freshly opened champagne, if sealed properly, will keep three days in the refrigerator. For more cooking

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    1. Ah, of course. I figured shaking it would make it overflow like a coke bottle but I didn’t want to hurt anyone! 🙂 — Thanks for the 411!

    2. @BobcatSchneidermann
      Ha ha! I was at the South Coast Plaza yesterday. There is a neat little cutlery store there. I was looking at their sabers. He had 3 of them for this idea, but they were a lot of money. Please post a video a response on yours!

    3. I actually just opened a bottle with a dull knife. It’s not hard at all!
      I must admit that I don’t know this place you speak of, as I have never left Europe… Love to se it, though 🙂 Anyway, reply will come later.

    4. @ BobcatSchneidermann
      Napa Valley is in California….I think. I live in New York. Both states are in the U.S.A.

      Hope I help!

    5. Who has the best champagne? Tarja or Wally world? : ) I am on a beer budget but have champagne taste.

    6. Great tips Chef, I was afraid to open a Champagne but now I knew how to do it without fear… I am one of your fans from the Philippines… Cheers!

    7. @Spacemonkeymojo
      I have read that you should leave it on like I did in the video.

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