Make your Party Happening with Sabering a Champagne this New Year

Now that we are going to leave 2018 and as we face 2019, most of us are pretty much optimistic. Regardless of the beliefs and ethnicity, people tend to celebrate such an event with a blast. If you yourself is going to host a New Year party and want to impress your relatives and friends, this is the perfect place for you kicking off the party.

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New Vs Old Techniques of Sabering a Champagne

There are plenty of ways on how to create bubbles in the wine. In fact, some are easy some are incredibly involved a lot of processes like champagnes. In here, you will discover two different ways of adding bubbles using a secondary fermentation. There is a particular term that winers would be called as Chamrat. This process is more complicated compared to the carbonation. There are two types of methods we are going to discuss in this article, the first one is the Traditional method which literally means the classic methods of creating bubbles. The second one is the Charmat method, which simply means a bulk method or some people it is called Cuve Close.

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What to do when your Sabrage Fails?

As the old saying says, every expert was once a beginner and sabering a bottle of champagne can go wrong. In fact, last year, there are floods of Youtube videos showing sabrage or sabering gone wrong. Yet, of course, this does not necessarily mean that you are going to stop doing such an art. As long as you are using the right tool and pointing the bottle somewhere else safe, you can possibly perfect it in one smooth swing.

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New vs Old Technique of Sabering a Champagne

Call it a new way of uncorking a bottle of champagne, but sabrage or champagne sabering has been used as a fancy way or art a long time ago. It is said that sabrage was used by the Hussars, Napoleon’s Bonaparte’s cavalrymen. During wins and defeats in the battle, these men prefer to celebrate or mourn drinking champagnes. However, no one would even bother to bring a champagne cork so, they improvised. Their weapon of choice? Their curved swords or also known by many as a saber.

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Learn the Art of Opening a Champagne with Champagne Sword

On the contrary to the popular belief of sabrage or champagne sabering, this art is not actually chopping the lip of the bottle off. In fact, there are not many muscles required in order to achieve this.  In fact, the technique itself utilizes the pressure inside the bottle. You don’t need to apply much force in order for you to make the lip together with the cork fly.

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Reasons for Failing in the Process of Sabering a Champagne

You’ve just wasted several bottles of champagne but it seems that you just can’t achieve sabering perfectly. There are many possibilities why you keep on failing. But, don’t worry, as soon as you read this article and apply the things that you’ve probably missed, you can execute such art in the most perfect way. Keep in mind that practice does not make you perfect, but it makes you better. Here are the reasons why you can’t achieve sabrage or to saber champagne in perfection.

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10 Ways to Decapitate a Champagne Bottle with Champagne Saber

Sabrage or champagne sabering is an art believed to have been invented during the Napoleonic era. It is a technique of opening a bottle of champagne with the use of curved swords or also known as sabers. Sabers are effective in mounted warriors as melee weapons. During victories in battle, these great men of Napoleon Bonaparte celebrities with a bottle of champagne. They managed to uncork the bottle using their primary weapons and the art of champagne sabering was born.

Not Chopping

Contrary to popular belief, sabrage is not chopping in order to behead the bottle. In fact, there it does not require too much muscles in order for you to perfect such art. The technique is by utilizing what is really happening inside the bottle. A quick wack from the saber by sliding the blade from the seam to the lip will make the bottle pop. For starters or practice, make sure that you are using an authentic champagne saber.

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What To Use?

It is not recommended to use an ordinary kitchen knife since this tool is for the purpose of cutting meat. Sabers like Dorre Salut (As you can see above image), is ideal for both amateur and pro when it comes to sabering champagne. But, if you want to decapitate the bottle with style how about using Fox Sciabola del Sommelier Bronze Black instead. It is so majestic and at the same time, it works perfectly on many occasions. Both Dorre Salut and Fox Sciabola del Sommelier Bronze Black can also be personalized by laser engraving.

Champagne Saber

You don’t need to take up a crash course in order for you to perfect the art. Just a few slide or swing will do. Always remember, practice will not make you perfect, but it helps to make you better. If you are having trouble with your budget or it seems like, wasting a lot of good wine is not a good idea for practice, you can use bubbly wine instead.

Step 1

Make sure that the bottle is cold before executing the technique. You can put the bottle in an ice bucket full of ice or your fridge.

Step 2

Wipe the bottle with a table napkin. This makes sure that the bottle won’t slip.

Step 3

Remove the foil in so the seam will be exposed

Step 4

Remove the cork wire by supporting the cork itself using your thumb.

Step 5

Before beheading the bottle, make sure that you look for the seam. This is the spot where you are going to slide the blade.

Step 6

Hold the bottle properly in a 40-degree angle. Make sure not to point the bottle to the audience or to some part of the room where there is fragile stuff.

Step 7

Practice your swinging by sliding the blade slowly from the neck to the lip. This allows your muscle to get used to the pattern.

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Step 9:

Allow some bubbles to flow. This ensures to eliminate small fragments.

Step 10

Pour the champagne into your champagne flute and make a bow.