Whether it’s New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, or another one of life’s special occasions, Champagne is almost always the answer. But while we all love to drink Champagne, opening a bottle is a whole other story. The process can be intimidating, the pop can be loud, and you could easily hurt someone if you’re not in control.

But the truth is, it’s actually easy to open a bottle of Champagne… or any bottle of sparkling wine for that matter! And if you do it right, you’ll hardly hear the pop of the cork and you won’t have to worry about it flying and hitting someone in the eye. Learn how the professionals open a bottle of Champagne by following our step-by-step guide below!

1. Make sure the bottle is chilled.

2. Remove the foil, discard, and put it in your pocket. Most bottles have a little tab that can be pulled to help the foil come off easier, but you should always use a wine key knife to make sure it comes off clean and easy.

3. Twist the small wire key at the bottom of the muselet (wire cage) to loosen it completely. It usually only takes six turns to fully loosen. Do NOT remove the muselet.

4. Keep one hand on the top of the bottle, with your thumb pressing firmly down on the cork over the muselt and your index finger around the cork to make sure it doesn’t fly off. Angle the bottle away from your friends and twist the bottom of the bottle slowly with your other hand until the cork loosens. Remove the cork together with the muselet very gently so it opens making minimal (if any) sound.

5. Serve the Champagne. To avoid overflow, pour slowly and when the bubbles almost reach the top, stop, and wait for them to subside before you finish pouring.

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