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How to serve Champagne at home


Everyone loves drinking champagne. But, as you would expect, there are many right ways of going about drinking such a prestigious wine.

Stefano Litti, Restaurant and Bars Manager at Sopwell House in St Albans, reveals his top tips for how best to enjoy Champagne at home over the festive season.

Top of the pops
You only need to remember one thing when opening a bottle of Champagne – twist the bottle, not the cork! No matter how expensive the bottle is, if you follow this simple rule you can open Champagne stress-free every time.

Pour like a pro
If you want to impress your friends at a dinner party then be sure to pour your Champagne properly. Hold the base of the bottle and pour into a glass at a 45 degree angle. This reduces the amount of fizz and shows that you know what you are doing.

Champagne is best enjoyed chilled so leave the bottle in an ice bucket ahead of serving

The perfect glass
There is no need to worry if you don’t have enough Champagne flutes for your guests. Champagne can equally be served in a white wine glass without any shame; the shape of a wine glass even allows you to appreciate the complexity of the aromas.

Keep it cool
Champagne is best enjoyed chilled so leave the bottle in an ice bucket ahead of serving. It is also important to hold the stem of the glass, rather than the bowl to prevent the Champagne warming up too quickly as you are drinking it.

Not just for Christmas
Often people hoard Champagne in a cupboard for that never arriving special occasion. However, there are a number of affordable bottles of Champagne in the supermarket for you to enjoy more regularly – so get popping!

On Thursday 23 November 2017, The Restaurant at Sopwell House will host a Champagne Tasting Dinner with Taittinger. The evening is priced at £85 per person for a four-course menu with canapés, coffee, and petit fours, accompanied by the four fantastic Champagne pairings.