How to Open Champagne

A quick tutorial from Bryan Maletis on opening a Champagne bottle the right way! Video by Geena Pietromonaco.

When to Drink Champagne? Everyday!

Don’t wait for a special occasion to open up a bottle of Champagne; open a bottle to make any occasion special! Follow these four simple steps to drink Champagne like a pro, Jedi, aficionado, or whatever title you choose!

1) Chill Champagne

Champagne should be stored in a cool dark place until it’s ready to enjoy. When you’re ready to chill a bottle to pop, place your Champagne in the refrigerator (at least 12 hours before popping the cork), or put your bottle in an ice bucket (or a sink!) filled with half ice and half water for 20 minutes. Watch Bryan’s complete tutorial on chilling Champagne here! 

When to Drink Champagne? Everyday!

2) Open Champagne

When you open Champagne, there shouldn’t be a loud pop or a lot of fizz. Instead, remove the foil, place your thumb over the top of the cork (on the metal cap), and while holding the cork firmly in place, slowly turn the bottle away from the cork. When you feel the cork start to give, apply a slight onward pressure and let the cork gently sigh as it comes out. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, saber your Champagne for a real show! 

3) Drink Champagne

Enjoy bubbles on their own, or pair your Champagne with a variety of easy foods. Get geeky as you taste, or simply sip and enjoy.

When to Drink Champagne? Everyday!

4) Most importantly: Celebrate!

Toast with a glass of Champagne often! Raise a glass to your spouse, a birthday, a bad day, a Tuesday night. Bring a bottle to a friend’s house, on a picnic, or on a vacation. A bottle of Champagne turns any occasion into a grand celebration.

 

How To Taste Champagne

Bryan shares his tips for tasting Champagne! Smelling, swirling, sipping, and enjoying, learn the best way to taste Champagne in this quick video.

Wonderful video by Geena Pietromonaco!

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne is one of, if not the most versatile beverage to pair with a wide variety of foods. As long as you avoid sweet foods and overly strong flavors, it’s hard to go wrong when pairing Champagne with many of your favorite foods. Here’s our foolproof guide to pairing Champagne with easy, everyday foods. No caviar required!

Champagne Pairing Basics

Match weight and texture: light foods tend to taste best with lighter wines; heavier foods usually taste best with stronger wines.

Match flavor intensity: Mild flavors usually pair better with delicate wine; more intense flavors typically taste better with richer wines.

Skip the sweets: Because Champagne is typically dry (and Fat Cork Champagne is almost always on the dry side), pairing Champagne with a sweet dessert can make the Champagne taste bitter. Instead, try pairing Champagne with dark chocolate and berries, or finish your meal with a bright, refreshing brut nature!

 

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne and Salty Foods

Champagne paired with salty foods makes one of the easiest and most delicious pairings! Salt balances acidic wine, so salty foods are especially great when paired with dry Champagnes (like brut natures). We love pairing dry Champagne with thick-cut potato chips, popcorn tossed with olive oil and parmesan, or homemade oven fries.

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne and Seafood

Classic and foolproof, almost all seafood pairs well with Champagne. A few of our favorites: oysters and blanc de blancs, grilled salmon and rosé, spicy fish tacos and pinot meunier.

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne and Take Out

Our favorite way to celebrate a weeknight: take out and Champagne. Pinot meunier Champagne compliments spicy food (try it with Vietnamese or Thai food), and brut nature shines with lighter foods (like sushi).

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne and Cheese

Stinky, creamy, hard, or soft, almost all cheeses pair well with Champagne! Add cured meats, olives, nuts, dried fruit, and bread to your cheese plate for even more delicious pairings.

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne with Brunch

Enjoy bubbly with brunch! Paired with rich eggs, salty bacon, tart berries, and buttery croissants, Champagne turns an always fun brunch into a super fun morning celebration.

Go Outside!

Enjoy the great outdoors with your Champagne this summer (no cooler required!).

Go Outside!

AT A CAMPSITE
Pitch your tent near a stream, nestle your bottles along the shore, and let the fresh water cool your Champagne.

 

Go Outside!
IN A POOL
Use a kiddie pool as an ice bath! Fill the pool with half ice, half water, add Champagne and chill in the backyard with your bottles!

 

Go Outside!
ON A HIKE
On a high-altitude hike, look for leftover snowbanks to chill your bubbly.

 

SHARE YOUR ADVENTURES WITH US!

Share your best photos on Instagram and Twitter and tag us (@fatcork) #FatCorkSummer. Or, send your best snaps to info@fatcork.com.

Our Foolproof Party Trick: Cheese and Champagne!

With the holidays upon us, and Champagne season in full swing, we wanted to share a quick tutorial on one of our foolproof Champagne pairings, the cheese plate! With few ingredients and little prep time, a cheese and charcuterie tray is our go-to for entertaining.

Check out the tutorial above for a quick lesson on assembling the perfect cheese and charcuterie board. And be sure to call or e-mail us (your Champagne experts) if you have any questions or need further suggestions on your holiday Champagne.

Cheers and happy celebrating!