Jacques Pépin: How to Open Champagne

Jacques Pépin's tips for serving Champagne.

Jacques Pépin's tips for serving Champagne.

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If you want to open champagne, you first have to chill it. And a common mistake is then people put [SOUND] ice in there, but cannot push it back in. You have to put water [SOUND] [UNKNOWN] that you have water. Very easy to go in, and that would cool off very fast. If you really wanna go even faster, you put salt in it. And the salt make it much colder and it will chill very fast. Now when you're ready to open it, clean up your bottle of champagne on the bottom. Now you always have to watch out for the pressure in there. Find the little round Thing of metal. Take this out. There is usually a little red. Oh, here it is, yes. And then you unscrew this putting your thumb on top of it just to make sure. And then press it and have your, move the cage out. Okay, now the secret to open the bottle of champagne, grab the bottom part of it, your cork, don't tug the cork. Turn the bottom part of it and very thickly tune to make much of a noise, just a little bit. And now this way. When you pour champagne you always pour twice the first time the foam comes up, so if you have several glasses you serve them, then you pour a second time after. Avoid sante.
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Jacques Pépin: How to Open Champagne


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