Wednesday, December 31, 2008

How to Open a Bottle of Champagne

Wed 31 Dec 2008

Almost time to ring in the New Year, so, as promised (albeit a day late), here at Eating Leeds we're bringing you a video on how to open a bottle of bubbly - so you don't douse yourself or your friends and waste the bottle's contents!

There's been a few technical issues (ironically not with making the video but with getting it on to the web) - hence the delay. However, we're confident that it won't be an issue with future videos.

And ... most importantly - we want your feedback! What do you want to see a video on? Do you never want to see a video on Eating Leeds ever again?! Do you want to see wine? Cooking? Something else altogether? Corrections, criticisms and compliments are all welcome!

Happy new year!
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Blogger Wink Lorch said...

Good first video - congratulations - there's a wine educator lurking in you! You just might have added the important point to keep the bottle at an angle of 45° (just as you showed) from the time you start opening it until pouring, otherwise the wine will rush out.
Happy New Year!

2:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a great little video. You have a wonderful speaking voice that lends will to video! Plus, I love the poetry, "The sigh of a contented woman"! Look forward to seeing more!

3:10 pm  
Blogger Katie said...

Excellent vid and good safety tips. Where I used to work leaving a champagne cork uncovered whilst being opened was a sackable offence!

(Linda Barker was faffing about with a bottle of the stuff on celebrity come dine with me yesterday. She stood with her face over the un-caged bottle while she opened it. Just made me cringe!)

7:11 pm  
Blogger rich (them apples) said...

Excellent video. More please, definitely.

I'm one of those people who has been injured in my reckless youth by an incorrectly opened champagne bottle that went off like a shotgun, the cork actually grazing my forehead as it headed to the ceiling, where it left a dent in the plaster.

I was left with a deep unease about opening anything more explosive than a can of Coke, and now regularly get somebody else to do the necessary...

9:18 am  
Blogger Robert McIntosh said...

Great video! Definitely want to see more.

How about "pouring whilst holding the bottle with one hand with the thumb in the punt" trick? Seem to recall that from the trip to Mumm several years ago

(by the way, you should have words with the camera man - definitely need to do some shouting/abuse stuff in proper GV style)

2:38 am  
Blogger Alex said...

Thanks for all the kind comments!

Wink & Robert both have good points - do keep the bottle at an angle and if you're feeling brave, pour by holding the bottle in just one hand, balanced by keeping your thumb in the punt (that's the dent in the bottom of the bottle). I can only do that with a half empty bottle and always keep another hand hovering nearby to catch the bottle (or glass) if anything goes wrong!!!

Katie - now I want to find video of Linda Barker ... I love Come Dine With Me but hardly ever get to watch it!

Rich - I used to be scared of opening bottles of bubbly but now I'd rather do it as I hate seeing any of the wine end up wasted!

The next Eating Leeds video is in production but we're aiming for a few more rehearsals - and who knows Robert - we might end up with some shouting à la Gordon Ramsay ... though I suspect it's more likely to end up Keith Floyd style!

12:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Alex, great to see you doing video. I just posted my first one too so I feel a bit of solidarity with you!I was extremely nervous, maybe I should have had a drink first? ;-)How was the Veuve vintage?

11:23 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

Hi winesleuth - I was not so much nervous as I felt like a complete muppet and kept on cracking up laughing. The Veuve vintage was very nice although it's definitely a seafood wine rather than an aperitif. Our favourite bubbly to 'just' drink is vintage Moet ... mmm!

10:05 pm  
Blogger Rico said...

Very good excellent demo...I open my champagne exactly the same way apart from one thing I keep the bottle on a flat surface when turning it..well done thanks for sharing.

5:26 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

I'm pretty sure there's a reason that you're meant to hold the Champagne bottle rather than leave it on the bench. As Wink mentioned, holding the bottle on an angle should (help) stop the bubbly rushing everywhere but I feel sure there's another reason ... if I remember I'll post back!

1:48 pm  

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