How to Open Champagne

Related To:

Try not to agitate the champagne bottle. By all means, don't shake it, unless you prefer your champagne on the floor rather than in the glass. Champagne corks can get away from you, so always position the bottle away from any breakables or onlookers.

Start by removing the foil cap and untwisting the wire cage covering the cork.

Now remove the cage while keeping your thumb on the cork, just in case the pressure contained in the bottle is urging the cork to fly out. If the cork escapes your grasp you'll hear a terrific pop. Be very careful to send the cork safely away from friends and breakables. Flying champagne corks can cause a variety of injuries.

With one hand on the cork and the other on the bottom of the bottle, slowly twist the bottle, letting the cork ease its way out until you can hear the fizz of gas escaping the bottle.

Now slowly pour down the side of your glass. Cheers!

Next Up

You'll Never Drink Warm Champagne Again

Next time you're preparing for a champagne toast, try The Kitchen's easy ice cube hack!

The Top Six Wine Varietals

Learning the basics of wine begins with becoming familiar with the big six varietals, which are the grapes that comprise the majority of the world's wines.

How to Pair Mixers with Alcohol

Some combinations are a match made in heaven. Pair these easily-found mixers with their compatible alcohols.

Trim Beans in a Flash

Hot Tips From Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford: Green beans don't need to be trimmed on both ends—just the stem end.

How to Make a Basic Tomato Sauce: A Step-by-Step Guide

Read these simple steps for making a delicious tomato sauce, then watch our how-to video.

Grate Your Garlic

Hot Tips From Food Network Kitchens' Katherine Alford: If you're using raw garlic in a dish, grate the cloves on a fine grater.

Got Too Many Carrots? Make Carrot Bacon (Yes, Really)

People are *obsessed* with this TikTok star’s latest video. Here’s what you need to know before cooking the vegan bacon.

How to Use Spices

A guide to selecting, storing and using spices

New to the Food Network Kitchen App? Here Are 5 Things You Need to Know

Download the app to stream your favorite shows, tune into live cooking classes, and make tons of recipes. Plus, so much more!

Latest Stories