How To Open A Bottle Of Champagne

Opening a bottle of Champagne is an occasion in itself. The sound of popping corks is synonymous with celebration. Here are a number of ways to get your party started!

Formula One Style

While it is true that the champagne bottles found on the winners’ podium of a Formula 1 race have already had the corks removed before the champagne is sprayed, it is also true that shaking a corked bottle will result in the cork flying from the bottle showering those in the immediate vicinity. After all, Champagne was initially known as “the devil’s drink” due to its explosive tendencies. Ultimately, a fun but arguably wasteful method, particularly if it is good champagne!


According to legend Napoleon and his troops invented this method of opening bottles of Moët to celebrate victory. Clearly Napoleon was a fan of Champagne and is widely reported to have commented:

“I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate….and I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself.”

This technique involves sliding a sabre sword along the neck of the bottle breaking the glass. Think carefully before trying this. Assuming you can get a sabre home without violating British knife legislation, think… am I any good with a sabre? Warning, may well result in broken bottles and severed fingers – certainly not recommended.

Slowly and safely

Firstly, remove the foil and loosen the wire cage surrounding the cork. Hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle. Start to turn the base of the champagne bottle, while holding the cork and cage firmly. As the cork starts to push out, hold the cork firmly until you hear a soft pop.

While this method lacks some of the ‘show’ of the other methods, the soft pop sound means that you’ve preserved the bubbles in your champagne and you’re ready to serve with your bottle and fingers intact!

So get practising!

Caution, we did warn you about the sabres..

If you have a different method of opening your champagne then please comment or contact us and let us know!

Featured image is “Champagne uncorking photographed with a high speed air-gap flash” by Niels NoordhoekOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


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