Happy New Year – Tips for Serving Champagne

New Years Eve 2012Happy New Year from Chicagoland Real Estate Forum. We hope that everyone has a wonderful celebration as we ring in 2012. If you plan to welcome the New Year with a glass of champagne, you might want to take some extra precautions to make sure that you don’t get injured during the holiday festivities.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology states that the careless handling of champagne is one of the most common causes for holiday-related eye injuries. Most often injuries are often caused by improperly opening the bottle. Did you know that a  champagne cork is under almost 90 pounds of pressure? Just for comparison, this is three times the pressure of a car tire!  So, before you break open a high-pressured bottle of bubbly, we’d like to share some tips from Korbel Champagne Cellars on the proper way to open a bottle.
These five easy steps from Korbel will help you avoid eye injury and spillage:

  1. Make sure your champagne is chilled and unshaken. Chill the bottle for at least four hours in the refrigerator (a warm bottle is more likely to pop unexpectedly).
  2. Remove the foil cap covering the top of the bottle, exposing a wire hood.
  3. Undo the wire hood with six half-turns of the knob.
  4. Hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle while holding the cork firmly with one hand and the base of the bottle with the other. Be sure to point the bottle away from your guests.
  5. Do not twist the cork.  Rather, turn the bottle slowly while letting the cork glide out gently, emitting a gentle sigh.

Note: Never use a corkscrew.  A champagne cork is highly compressed. If a corkscrew is inserted at an angle, you may have an exploding bottle in your hand.
Hope you enjoy your bubbly.  Happy New Year!