New Year’s Eve Magic: Saber Your Champagne

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Want to add a little magic to your New Year’s Eve celebration? Open the bottle of Champagne with a saber!

caviarThe first time we saw someone open a bottle of Champagne with a saber was a New Year’s Eve several years ago. We were at a neighborhood wine bar. The proprietor had enjoyed quite a bit of his own merchandise, and decided he was going to treat his patrons to a grand spectacle. After three or four attempts, one of his knowledgeable bartenders laughed, and said “Here’s give me that thing before you hurt yourself.” Then she popped off the top with one quick stroke.

The CHAMPAGNE people…what did you THINK I was talking about?

It is actually a pretty easy thing to do, but looks seriously impressive to your guests. All you need is a bit of confidence, a Champagne Saber (or butter knife, or even the bottom of a wine glass) and a very well-chilled bottle of champagne.

I learned to do it in my International Sommelier Guild Wine Fundamentals class last year. Our teacher told us it is much more impressive if not everyone knows how to do it. Well we know you are not just anyone…and you know that we at Another Wine Blog don’t go in for all that secret wine club snobbery.

G.H. Mumm and Perrier Jouet

For this year’s Champagne Day we solicited a few Champagne houses who sent us some fancy bottles, if we promised to post a video of the sabrage. We posted it on Facebook. It’s a little dark, so it’s hard to see what exactly we’re opening, but our Facebook videos featured my awesome Texas drawl — and we thought we would spare you that — announcing each one.

Here’s a little demonstration.

You can do it, too. You might want to ask Mr. Google for a few more demonstrations. And practice a bit on some inexpensive bottles of bubbly before midnight.

Let us know how you do.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

The WineWonkette