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Quick quiz – True or False. Ready? When opening champagne, the cork should loudly pop from the bottle, and effervescence should spill wonderfully to your flute and table top. True or False?
Not surprisingly (if any of you have ever been hit with a flying champagne cork, or salvaged an errant cork which flew across the room into the depths of your French Onion Soup, then you will understand) the more silent the opening, the more polite!
The most adept and skillful server will ease the cork out gently, setting it on the right side of the gentleman or lady, and then pour the bubbly into the flute.
It is considered inept and gauche to have a loud pop and crack of the cork (not to mention a liability, should it fly across the room at lightening speeds, only to whack an unsuspecting diner!) Check out this Washington Post story if you would like to hear it from another source.
Here is a great guide for you when selecting a champagne, or how to dress it properly on the table. And remember, keep the cork quiet when opening the bubbly. Show your skills and your expertise! Shhhhhhh! Well, except for one great occasion – SABERING! (See Wedding Bells below!)
Want to serve a glass of bubbly like no other? Why not add an edible bloom? (available from Norm Thompson) Drop an exotic Australian hibiscus into champagne or any sparkling drink for a gorgeous presentation.
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