When you’re bringing out the champagne or simply sparkling wine, it’s usually to celebrate a special event such as an anniversary, birthday, graduation, or promotion. Although you might have done it a few times already, it’s worth reviewing how you consume and serve this drink to your guests.
You may be surprised to find you’ve been doing some things the wrong way, and it may be beneficial to apply some of the champagne drinking and serving tips below.
Store bottles properly
Champagne is best kept in a cool and dry storage area. You might be thinking of storing bottles in the refrigerator, but this is not recommended. Chilling champagne for long periods in the fridge is a sure way of ruining the quality.
Your kitchen cupboard is ideal. You can even store bottles at the bottom of your wardrobe or cabinet. If you happen to have a wine cellar, then that’s the best place to store champagne.
Before serving guests, get an appropriately sized ice bucket filled with ice and chill the bottle for about 30 to 45 minutes.
Exercise caution when opening
You may be in a hurry to open up the champagne gift set someone gave you, but if you’re not careful, the cork can shoot out at about 20 miles an hour and cause damage or injury.
The proper way to open a champagne bottle is to first get the wire cage out of the way. Then in removing the cork, tilt the bottle at a certain angle that doesn’t put anyone or anything in harm’s way. Use a towel as you loosen the top of the cork with one hand. As you’re doing this, use your other hand to carefully twist the bottom of the bottle.
Pair it with something
Champagne and wine connoisseurs recommend drinking your champagne with food.
Ideal food pairings include desserts (e.g. tarts, crepes), shrimp, fried calamari, stuffed mushrooms, and foie gras. Shortbread cookies can also be a good match for Champagne’s acidity. If you’re looking to enhance the drinking experience, consider adding a hint of mint or lemon.
But know what food pairings are less than ideal
Contrary to what others may think, champagne isn’t ideal for some foods. An example is chocolate, which is an overly sweet option that doesn’t mix well with the acidity of champagne. The taste may become slightly bitter as you drink.
Don’t drink leftover Champagne
Unless you have utilised a very tight seal that kept the bubbles intact, it is not recommended to consume left over champagne. The flavour is not as good. Find a seal that is leakproof and is appropriate for the type of bottle you have.
Although there are no set rules when it comes to food and wine, these tips can be fairly easy for anyone to follow. If you really want to make the most out of a bottle of bubbly and make a good show in front of your guests, then best to do it the right way, after all, it is a celebratory drink.