Champagne and sparkling wine are more popular than ever before. In fact, bubbles are now considered totally appropriate, any day of the year and from start to finish at the dinner table. Given such meteoric, we’ve got a tip for you that probably will seem counterintuitive. Here goes… If you want to separate the cork from that bottle of bubbly more easily, you might want to shake things up a bit!
Everyone knows that shaking up a bottle of bubbly can result in both a big mess and a trip to the eye doctor. However, some French master vintners have discovered that shaking your bottle of champagne may actually counteract the build-up of pressure within the bottle.
While this may seem counterintuitive, there’s some serious science that is bursting the conventional wisdom bubble. Apparently, when you shake your sparkler, an internal upward explosion of effervescence rises to the surface. But the key is to give it a good shake and then let it rest for 3 to 4 minutes. This causes the pressure in the bottle to actually be reduced. In addition, if you chill the bottle prior to shaking it, you will also reduce the speed of the flying cork by up to 25%.
Remember patience is a virtue and all good things, even a glass of champagne, eventually come to those who wait. So, chill your bubbly first, give it a good shake, then wait a few minutes before popping that cork. This little scientific trick could be the difference between a peaceful pop and a powerful projectile!