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Open and Pour Champagne

Martha Stewart Living, May 2006

Serving Champagne with a perfect pop and a sure hand will make any toast festive.

Remove wire cage from top of bottle by holding your thumb on the cork while you twist off wire. Tilt bottle 45 degrees; make a fist around cork, and turn bottle as you apply pressure to cork until cork eases out.

Pour slowly, cradling the neck with one hand and holding the dimpled base with the thumb of your other hand for maximum control.

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