Added On: Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy new Year

I hope you've been enjoying a wonderful holiday season, and are looking forward to celebrating the arrival of 2008 tomorrow at midnight!

Who isn't thirsty this time of year for a few good tips on Champagne,? After all, nothing gets a party started faster than opening a bottle of bubbly.

How Not to Open a Bottle of Bubbly

- Don't open the bottle before it's well-chilled (to about 45 degrees).

- Don't shake or jiggle the bottle before opening.

- Don't forget that a cork can fly out on its own any time after removing the wire cage on top (with 6 1/2 turns of the wire), so don't point it at anyone you love!

- Don't hold the cork directly; use a towel (which is also handy to have on hand for any inadvertent drips, sprays or spills).

- Don't turn the cork; turn the bottle slowly while holding the cork firmly.

- Don't pour into wide-mouthed saucer-shaped glasses, which cause bubbles to dissipate too quickly; use narrow Champagne flutes instead.

- Do, by the way, take a moment to appreciate the visual treat of seeing all those bubbles sparkle in the glass, the aromatic pleasure of a sparkling wine's nose (which, while less than that of a fragrant red wine, is still present), in addition to, of course, its delightful taste!


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