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TO POP THOSE CORKS – OR NOT?
Admittedly: it is quite fun to let the cork fly out – but, unfortunately, this is also not without its dangers. To steer clear of any trouble, it’s preferable that you opt for the more discreet variation. And, in addition, it’s also a waste of the wine.
This is how the professionals do it: carefully remove the band of packaging and the muselet. Grab hold of the cork using a napkin and then slowly rotate it out of the neck of the bottle. In the process, keep a firm hold of the stopper until the gas has escaped. Ideally, you should hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle.
If the cork just doesn’t want to come out, sparkling wine pliers or, alternatively, a nutcracker can do the job. At the same time, broken corks are a real nuisance and can be removed as quickly as possible with a corkscrew – ideally, wrapping a napkin around the neck of the bottle beforehand.