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How to Open a Bottle of Sparkling Wine

Warning!  This is a public service announcement brought to you by “Do not use your sparkling wine bottle as a weapon.”  This announcement is to prevent the sparkling wine lover from accidentally hurting themselves or others when opening this type of wine bottle. We all love the “bubbles” and want to drink it during celebrations, as aperitifs, and even in nightclubs if for no apparent reasons other than a desire to look cool. What’ll really make you look cool is knowing how to open a bottle of sparkling wine like a pro.


All you need is these 4 things:

  • A bottle of sparkling wine
  • A double-hinged waiter’s wine key (seriously, go to Trader Joe’s and find one for $1.99)
  • A folded towel
  • A Champagne flute (for Champagne and other sparkling wines)

Let’s Begin Opening the Sparkling Wine!

Make sure you have everything listed above. You’ll be using your recessive hand (the hand other than the one you write with) to hold the wine bottle in position while the dominant hand (the one you write with) should wield the wine key (aka the corkscrew). Have the towel folded and laying over the recessive hand’s arm. Make sure the wine label of the bottle is facing away from you.

Gliding the Blade: How to Use a Wine Key

Expose the wine key’s blade and place that blade just under the location of the wire cage. Slowly glide the wine key around the bottle, cutting a complete circle around the foil, then remove the sliced foil cap from the top of the bottle, exposing the wire cage underneath. Use your dominant hand to place the wine key into one of your pockets; the key won’t be needed for the rest of this process.

Opening Sparkling Wine:  The Wire Cage

Take the towel and now place it on top of the sparkling wine bottle. The towel and wine bottle will be held with the recessive hand. The towel must stay on top of the bottle until the cork is removed to prevent any accidental projectile accidents. Position the bottle so that the bit of twisted metal holding the cage over the cork is now facing towards your body.

While holding with the bottle and towel with the recessive hand, the dominant hand begins twisting the twist around about 5 and a half rotations. Spread open the bottom wire attached to the twist and slide the dominant hand towards the bottom of the wine bottle. You now have a firm grasp needed to open the sparkling wine bottle and remove the cork. (Keep this in mind, the bubbles will try to push the cork out quickly so it’s important to keep the recessive hand firmly over the towel – which in turn is over the cork – to maintain control over that cork.)

Pop that Sparkling Wine Cork with a Kiss!

While holding your recessive hand firmly cupped over the cork, gently twist the bottom of the wine bottle with your other hand and the cork will slowly begin to separate itself from the bottle. There should be a “kiss” noise when the cork finally releases. Place the cork in your pocket and use the towel to quickly wipe the lip of the bottle. Begin pouring the sparkling wine and enjoy!

I forgot. Here is the link to the winery: LEARN ME!


Mario Luna
Certified Sommelier
“Wine Education for Real Life!”


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