The Best Way to Open Champagne

December 30, 2013 | By | Comments (2)

champagne toast

You may want to start the New Year with a bang, but chances are a rouge cork isn’t quite the bang you’re looking for. To properly—and safely—pop the sparkling wine, follow these steps.

• Remove the foil. Most bottles even have a little tab to make the process easier.

• Loosen the wire cage. Flip down the small wire “key” that’s pressed up against the neck of the bottle. Twist to loosen and remove the wire cage.

• Drape a towel over the bottle. Drape a dishtowel over the exposed cork, in case built-up pressure causes the cork to pop on it’s own.

• Twist your bottom hand until the cork eases out. Pointing the bottle away from yourself, other people, and breakable object, grasp the cork with one hand and the base of the bottle with the other. Hold the cork firmly, while turning the bottle, slowly, toward you, with the hand holding the base. As you turn the bottle, you should feel the cork begin to loosen. Continue until you hear the soft pop of the cork leaving the bottle.

If you still need a little guidance, watch a step-by-step video.


  1. Brad E Wakeman

    Not to criticize, but I believe you mean “rogue” cork as opposed to “rouge,” which is a cosmetic/color term. Great post, though, it’s exactly how I remove corks. :-) Don’t wanna “pop” your eye out! :-P lol

    December 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm
  2. Conrad

    A neat little piece of ” in the know” info is it should only take six twists to loosen the wire cage. If it takes more than that check the authenticity of the vintner!

    December 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm

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