There are many ways to open a Champagne bottle. The most outrageous one is to follow Napoleon's example by "beheading" a bottle. Legend has it that Napoleon always opened his champagne bottles by striking it precisely at the weakest point of the neck with his sword. He always toasted his upcoming battle, victory and even losses. He felt that champagne was appropriate for all occasions.
If this method appeals to you, the city of Thiers in France, famous for its cutlery manufactures the perfect saber. For $209, (for the deluxe model) plus instructions you will be perfectly outfitted to wow your friends with your very own Napoleonic savoir-faire. For more information, go to SabreaChampagne.com
We prefer the traditional method of opening by hand. A great place to learn is from the Wine Intro site, complete with pictures.
If you want the absolute easiest route, go to your favorite wine store and ask for a Champagne Screwpull and basket catcher, for $20.
By the way, Champagne lovers and connoisseurs consider it an absolute sacrilege to pop the cork and have the champagne explode. It spoils the taste, the ambience, and the savor factor. Happy sipping!
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