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4 Simple Tips to Maximize Your Champagne Experience

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 at 4:58:13 PM
by David M., Wine Enthusiast Companies

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Champagne can be enjoyed all throughout the year.  Whether it’s complementing brunch or a midnight snack, here are some simple tips to make the most of your Champagne experience.

1) Enjoy chilled. Would you want to drink warm Champagne?  I certainly wouldn’t. If  Champagne is not at the ideal temperature its delicate flavors will be masked by the heat.  Secondly, warm Champagne creates excess foam when you open the bottle which results a loss of Champagne.
Champagne should be colder than white wine.  42-45 degrees is the ideal serving temperature. For a rapid Champagne-chilling process,  place the bottle in a bucket of ice and add a bit of water to it.  After about 20 minutes, you should be good to go.

2) Utilize proper opening techniques. Loosen the wire cage around the top of the bottle and turn the bottle (not the cork) with a towel covering the neck.  Using a towel ensures that you catch the popped cork and cleans up any spillage. It also helps your grip.

3) Pour slowly. Now that you have impressed your friends with your opening technique, you’ll want to start pouring!  Start off slow.  Tilt the Champagne flute and pour a small amount in the glass, trying to avoid excess head (This isn’t beer, people!)  Once the initial foaming stops, continue to pour until the glass is about 2/3rds full.

4) Hold the glass by the stem. If you plan on savoring the nectar, hold the glass by the stem as your hand will warm the Champagne a bit quicker.

Practice makes perfect!