Whether it’s for brunch (hold the OJ for me, I’ll just take the bubbly) or for a celebration, you want to look like a pro when you pop that bottle. My favorite champagne is Veuve Clicquot. I know you've seen it; it’s the green bottle with the gold foil on top.
Back when I was living in L.A. I would often visit a friend of mine who lives in Marina Del Rey. No matter what time of year it was, what day it was, or even what TIME of day it was...she always had Veuve Clicquot chilled and ready to pop. I’m one of those people that is afraid of the pop, which makes the whole ordeal dangerous because I’m so jumpy that I might drop the bottle. That would be a disaster and alcohol abuse.
I was flipping through one of my favorite magazines, HGTV Magazine (I know, I’m getting old) and there was an article on how to pop a champagne cork. I ripped out the article so I could glue it in a notebook for future reference. I haven’t included the article in this blog post, but here’s a YouTube video with instructions.
Basically you remove the foil, but leave the cage. Tilt the bottle away from you 45 degrees, keeping your thumb on top. Unwind the cage, but don’t remove it. Twist the bottle until the cork releases. But watch the video. Cheers!