Opening a bottle of sparkling wine generally presents no problems, as long as you remember a few basic facts.
The carbon dioxide in the wine creates pressure in the bottle, so the wine should be handled carefully. Unnecessary shaking should be avoided and the bottle should always be properly chilled.
|1. Before opening, allow sufficient time for a bottle of sparkling wine to chill. In a refrigerator, achieving the correct serving temperature takes 2–3 hours. The wine can also be chilled in a wine cooler, filled half with ice and half with water. This will chill the wine to a suitable temperature in around 20 minutes.|
|2. Take away the foil that covers the mouth of the bottle and remove the wire cage that surrounds the cork.|
|3. Hold the bottom of the bottle firmly with your right hand. Rest the cork on the palm of your left hand, with your thumb over the cork. The bottle should be at an angle, with the neck oriented slightly upwards and directed away from you. Turning the base of the bottle with your right hand, use your left hand to control the movement of the cork as it leaves the mouth of the bottle.|
|4. You may wish to keep a clean towel handy on your wrist, just in case the wine gushes out of the bottle despite your precautions. Ensure, too, that glasses are close at hand, so that you can pour the wine immediately.|