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How to Open a Bottle of Champagne
1. Locate the tab on the foil around the neck of the bottle. You won’t actually need a wine key to remove this; just grab the tab and peel away the foil to expose the cork in its wire cage.
2. Keeping your thumb on the top of the cork, twist open the wire cage to loosen it, but don’t actually remove it from the cork. Once you loosen it, remember: the wine is totally your responsibility. The pressure in the bottle is equivalent to that of a fully inflated car tire, so you want to keep your hand or thumb on the cork at all times just to ensure it doesn’t get away from you.
3. Get a good grip on the cork with one hand and pick up the bottle with the bottom firmly grasped in your other hand. Turn the bottle itself—rather than twisting the cork—until it loosens; when you feel it loosen, give it a little leverage and wiggle gently until the cork comes out with a rather muffled pop. You can also place a dish towel over the cork for extra insurance before completing this step.
And you’ve done it: opened your Champagne without undermining the quality of the wine (not to mention probably terrifying at least one or two people, and potentially injuring someone or something with a wayward projectile)!
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