Five Faux Pas YOU could be making with Champagne

Champagne is synonymous with luxury, making it the perfect celebratory drink. But you need to follow certain rules when consuming Champagne, to make the most of this decadent product. Ideal Wine Company reveals five faux pas’ to avoid when serving and drinking Champagne at your next celebration.

Storing in freezers

Chill your bottle before drinking Champagne, as this wine tastes best when served at around 6-8 degrees. If you’re pressed for time, you may be tempted to store your botte in the freezer to get it really cold, really quickly. This works for dry whites but if you leave Champagne in the freezer too long, the bottle could explode due to its high bubble-content.  Instead, chill in the fridge and serve with ice.

Opening quickly

It is vital that you learn how to open a bottle of Champagne properly. Many people feel tempted to open bottles quickly, so they can see the cork ‘pop’ out like it often does in movies. Unfortunately if you take this approach, the cork could zoom across the room and injure someone, with the drink shooting out of the bottle. Always open gently!

Pouring rapidly

Whatever you do, don’t pour Champagne into your glass rapidly. Yes, pouring quickly can look impressive – it always does in the movies! But if you take this approach, the drink foam up and you’ll lose some of your Champagne. Industry portal Glass of Bubbly writes that you should always pour this unique sparkling wine slowly and at an angle, stopping to pause every so often so the bubbles go down.

Swirling your glass

Sparkling wines should be served in a flute. The shape of a wine glass can impact how the product tastes, so be careful when handling it. Experts advise you to swirl your glass when you’re drinking wine, as this movement unlocks the complex characteristics of the tipple. Refrain from taking a similar approach to Champagne, as it could cause more bubbles to escape, making your drink go flat.

Holding glasses wrong  

Believe it or not, there is a proper way to hold your glass. A lot of people are tempted to hold Champagne flutes by the bowl, as this is more convenient. However, doing this will warm up the contents inside the glass, negatively impacting how your Champagne tastes. Instead, hold it by the stem so you can enjoy Champagne the way it is meant to be enjoyed; chilled!

Enjoy Champagne

If you avoid making these simple mistakes, you’ll be able to truly appreciate your Champagne. You may also want to research different brands before buying Champagne, to find a top quality tipple. Ideal Wine Company supplies a selection of Champagnes from some of the world’s most famous brands, from Dom Perignon to Cristal; you’re sure to find something amazing on our official website!


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