Does the POP of a sparkling wine bottle fill you with anxiety? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, there’s a word for it: Placomusophobia (the fear of popping Champagne corks.) But fear not—we’re here to help! Keep reading for an easy, 3-step guide on how to open Champagne or sparkling wine with nothing but two hands, a kitchen towel and a whole lot of confidence.
STEP 1: Remove the foil. (Most bottles have a tiny tab you can pull to cleanly remove the foil “capsule.”)
STEP 2: Put your hand towel over the top of the bottle as you loosen the wire cage, just in case the cork is ready to pop out. Hold the cloth down around the neck. Then, twist the key and remove the cage.
STEP 3: Slowly, but firmly, twist the bottle while keeping a firm grip over the cloth and cork. Then, pop goes the Bubbly!
Hooray! You did it! Do a little Bubbly dance and celebrate with a toast! Remember to pour the wine slowly to avoid overfilling your glass. Cheers!