The one party trick you need to know for the silly season! 7



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In my family we call opening bottles of champagne “happy sounds”. I completely understand if you are judging my family right now – your judgements are also probably right. But opening a bottle of champagne is great, you’re just a minute away from enjoying a beautiful flute. But, when you pop the bottle only to find it slightly explodes everywhere it can be a small disappointment. But, scientists from France (I’ll trust anything they say about bubbly) have found that you can stop this from happening… All you have to do is shake the bottle.

What? I found myself saying as I read the research, but it is apparently true. To open a bottle of champagne without fizz, you have have to shake it for just the right amount of time and then wait the right amount of time before opening it.

They found that although the pressure initially drops when champagne is shaken, huge numbers of ‘super critical’ bubbles form in the neck of the bottle.

This is what leads to the characteristic effervescence that occurs when a bottle is opened. However, after around 40 seconds the number of bubbles in this state begins to decrease until they have completely disappeared 220 seconds – just over three and half minutes – after shaking.

So if you have a pesky suspicious champagne bottle that looks like it might pop, follow these steps:

  1. Shake it for a few seconds
  2. Put it down on the bench and leave it for three and half minutes
  3. Slowly pick tit up, open it and enjoy those spill-free happy sounds!

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  1. Never wise to shake a champagne bottle prior to opening – you have paid top dollar to ensure those bubbles remain, so why waste both your “heard earned” and good wine by dissipating the bubbles?

    There’s a tried and true technique to opening fizz – with patience simple hold the cork firm; slowly twist the bottle and gently release the pressure rather than forcing the cork out to induce an explosion. In the case of overly tight, difficult to remove corks there are champagne tongs available fitted with small spikes that grip the cork.

  2. I once read that to open a bottle of champagne correctly, with the right noise, it had to sound like a socialite’s fart. Almost silent, just a slight pffft!

  3. No, open with the loudest sound so that all those sipping red wine or beer are woken up with a jolt!

  4. We, the bubbly drinking lovers of, “The fizzy drink!!!” In Kempsey. Challenge “You!!! To a bubbly fest. Name the time and date, we will be there. We will win!!!!!!

  5. If you chill it first and ease the stopper out without shaking it will just give a slight pop.and no spillage.I have opened hundreds of bottles this way . Learnt it working through uni as a waiter..

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