Winemaker, Mark Wenzel, shows us how to open a bottle of sparkling wine without losing any of the precious bubbles.
Our iSc sparkling wines contain millions of bubbles, which is why we use thicker bottles and secure the corks with wire cages. Under the right conditions, the corks coming out of these bottles can travel as fast as 50 mph and can cause injuries if not handled properly.
Here are some tips on the best way to open a bottle:
(1) Chill the bottle to 45° before opening: 2-3 hours in the refrigerator or 30 minutes in an ice bucket. Make sure to immerse the bottle up to the neck in an ice bucket.
(2) Do not shake the bottle or you will lose some of your precious bubbly upon opening.
(3) Point the bottle away from you and others.
(4) Use a sparkling wine opener (or towel if you don’t have an opener) to get a good grip on the cork.
(5) Loosen the wire protector that surrounds the cork, but do not remove it; keep the sparkling wine opener over the top of the cage and cork.
(6) Double-check that you are still pointing the bottle away from yourself and others. Then slowly turn the bottle with one hand while holding onto the cork or sparkling wine opener with the other hand. Remember, you are turning the bottle, not the cork.
(7) As the bottle turns, the cork will slowly ease out. When you feel it pushing up more, apply a little bit more downward pressure to control it. You should hear only a small hiss or pop when the cork comes out. The small pop means that you have successfully opened your bottles of bubbles.
(8) Reward yourself with a glass or two of bubbles!