At a viewing party for The Bachelorette last night, I was surprised to learn that many of the ladies in attendance don't like to open champagne. "It's scary," a friend said. "I'm afraid I'm going to hit someone in the eye!" another chimed in. Since I've opened more bottles of sparkling wine than I can count, I'm living proof that it's a safe act to perform on a regular basis. In fact, it's a task that everyone should master with confidence! To encourage you to open that bottle of bubbly, I've got five reasons you shouldn't fear the cage, or the cork. Find out what they are — and chime in with your thoughts in the comments — when you read on.
- It's fun. Think about it: when do you open champagne? Or Prosecco? Or Cava? When you're at a party! Uncorking sparkling wine is practically synonymous with having a good time.
- You have the chance of getting the first sip. If you pour too quickly, the champagne glass will overflow. In order to make sure it doesn't spill on the ground or your party dress, there is only one thing to do: drink it!
- If you do it right, no one will get hurt. Make sure you know the proper technique for opening a bottle of champagne; always point the bottle away from you and anyone else who is nearby.
- The more bottles you open, the better you will be at it. Practice makes perfect, so start drinking more bubbly and you'll get better and better at sliding off the cork.
- The sound is an instant signal for "the party has started!" It shouldn't cause alarm; it's the sound of anticipation for the party. It bursts with excitement!
Are you a pro at opening bottles of bubbly? For those who are scared of it, will you give it another try?