Have you ever heard the saying, “Old habits die hard?” There is a good chance that you have and there is even a better chance that you aren’t doing yourself any favors when it comes to sparkling wine and Champagne. In today’s economy Champagne and sparkling wine is considered somewhat of a luxury, so if you are going to partake it only makes sense to make sure that you get the biggest bang for your buck. How can you do that? You can do exactly that by avoiding these common mistakes.
Don’t Drink It Too Cold
If you watch any movie, you will see that when the actors are drinking Champagne they are drinking it straight out of the ice bucket. Somewhere in a high-priced, fancy hotel, there is always a gold or silver bucket with a high-dollar bottle of Champagne. Well, did you know that the cooler temperatures actually destroy the taste of Champagne? The best thing to do is to open the Champagne and let it set on the table until it reaches cellar temperature, which is right around 55 degrees F. This is when all the flavors will come out.
Popping The Cork
When it comes to Champagne and sparkling wine there is nothing more iconic than the popping of the cork. If you watch the movies, you will see that the actors always pop the cork in some dramatic fashion. Letting it sail around the room. Well, this might look cool, but it is the wrong way to go about popping the corks. You will find that most experts place their thumb on the top of the cork and keep it there until the pressure is gone. It is also best to point the bottle at a 45-degree angle and keep it out of the line of other people.
Alcohol And Coffee Can Be Tricky
There is nothing wrong with drinking great Champagne along with 100% Kona Coffee. The two are a classic drink that can drive the taste buds crazy. However, you have to be extremely careful when indulging in the two. This is because caffeine masks alcohol’s sedation, but it doesn’t actually reduce the amount of alcohol in your blood. Simply put, when you mix alcohol and coffee, you aren’t going to feel as drunk as you actually are.
Tilting The Glass
If you watch most bartenders pour a bottle of beer or Champagne, you will discover that they do so by tilting the glass at a 45-degree angle. Why do they do this? Well, they do this because it causes the bubbles to hit a larger surface area of the glass, which reduces the amount of foam. Simply put, you can pour faster. There is a lot of debate around this subject, but there are a number of experts that would recommend pouring with the glass standing straight up. While pouring it is best to aim for the sides of the glass as this will help the bubbles dissipate.