On Sabres And Champagne

So, Mr. SipSwoosh, on a business trip to DC, fancies a glass of fizz in his hotel.

He updates his Facebook page saying the barman couldn’t open the bottle, so now he’s called the sushi chef.

“Send for the wife with her sword!” quips a friend. For I can now open a bottle of Champagne with a sabre.

Granted, my go at sabrage was supervised,  under the watchful eye of WineChap Tom Harrow (who can also do it with a spoon, dontcha know). And although it looks hard, it doesn’t require any force. Just focus and follow through.

Tom explained how a Champagne bottle’s weakest point is where the lip meets the seam. A firm sweep with a sword up the denuded neck of a Champagne bottle to the lip, and off the lip pops with the cork. The pressure from inside the bottle carries the glass away.

Not surprisingly, we did this outside. I did it in two goes, on a bottle of the  Champagne Charles Heidsieck‘s Brut reserve NV. It may not have been the cleanest of cuts. But I felt stupidly proud of my achievement.


Thanks to Louis Fernando of Tuck & Vine for capturing the moment on his iPad.

Charles Heidsieck is distributed through Liberty Wines.

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