Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Manners Rule #18: Champagne Opening Etiquette

  • During the entire process of opening a Champagne bottle, keep the cork pointed away from small children, crystal chandeliers, and your own eyeballs.
  • Use a clean napkin, dish towel, or paper towel to gently coax the cork from the bottle. It will help to catch the cork as it attempts to catapult across the atmosphere and also to soak up any unexpected bubbly overflow.
  • Do not use your bare hands to yank the cork out and never ever use your thighs to clamp the bottle steady.
  • Tip the glass to a 60* as pour the Champagne in to help prevent overflow.
  • Put the Champagne on ice and refill glasses frequently


  1. Do tell what the sabre method is. Sounds prehistoric. -JC

  2. Pardon the schoolgirl-like giggling on my part, cue the 30 second mark:

    P.S. If this is a bottle of Champagne that just came out of the fridge, the ice isn't necessary. You don't want it so cold you can't taste it.

  3. David- I had to watch the video over again to believe that the top of the bottle had been sliced off. Gutsy! Thanks for sharing it. -JC