Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Sunday, November 27, 2005

An Accidental Champagne

Now, I know why those annoying wire contraptions on Champagne bottles are so important. I got halfway through opening a bottle of Champagne when everybody decided thay wanted still wine instead, so, without thinking, I put the unwired bottle back in the fridge only to find a popped cork and a half-empty bottle the next morning. I guess they are not just there for decoration or to torture the poor soul who is opening the bottle.

By the way, a few tricks for opening Champagne bottles: 1) run the neck under hot water before opening, 2) when you sense that the cork is about to pop, put some counterpressure on the cork so it it doesn't come flying out in someone's face and half the Champagne doesn't go all over the place, 3) hold the cork stationary and twist the bottom of the bottle - you get more leverage that way.

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