Episode 6084: Call it Love!
| Everyone knows that champagne is my favourite beverage.
Now it's time to inspire you to enjoy the wonderful bubbly
stuff that comes out of these bottles. My friend Michael
Fagan, a champagne expert, shares with us a little legend,
lore and enjoyment of that ever-effervescent bubbly!
Technically, champagne is the sparkling wine made in
the Champagne region of France. Anything made outside
of that region is simply a sparkling wine. Champagne
is made in a specific method, called the “methode
traditionelle”; very labour-intensive, it adds
to the price of the final product.
The easiest and safest way to crack a bottle open is
to unwrap the foil and undo the wire, making sure not
to let go of the cork, because you don’t know
when that cork is just going to pop up.
Hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle, being careful
not to point it at anyone. Rather than trying to twist
the cork, twist the bottom of the bottle, because you
will have a better grip this way. It only takes a tiny
twist and the cork will come out on its own. Bring in
a couple of flutes, and enjoy the effervescence!