Steps to Perform Sabrage – It is Easier than you Think April 27 2016
Don’t feel intimidated by the prospect of sabering champagne. It is actually easier than you think! Of course you do need to practice and you do need to build your confidence. Yet knowing the steps involved will make it possible for you to complete the process quickly and elegantly. You don’t want to be nervous if several people are around waiting for you to get it done!
The right tool for the job is also important, and that is where a champagne sabre comes into the picture. They are very nice to display and should be readily available where you keep your wine bottles and glasses for easy access. The art of sabrage isn’t something you won’t be able to master in a short amount of time. You have to be willing to learn though and to buy a good quality champagne sabre to use.
To make it easier, you want to start out with a bottle of champagne which is well chilled for several hours before you use the champagne sword on it. If the bottle isn’t chilled, it is very likely going to break when you attempt to open it. Then you will have a mess to clean up of wine and broken glass.
Only remove the foil or paper around the neck of the champagne bottle. Make sure you don’t take off any of the caging that is around the cork. Otherwise, you risk the cork popping when you aren’t prepared and without the help of your champagne sabre. This can be embarrassing and it can also be dangerous because of the movement of the cork with some force behind it as it goes through the air.
It is important to familiarize yourself with the body of the champagne bottle. You will notice they have two seams that run the length of the bottle. You want to locate a seam as that is where you will strike the bottle.
Hold the champagne sword in your dominant hand and the champagne bottle in the other. The bottle should be held at a 45 degree angle. Move the blunt end of the sabre along the seam of the bottle, starting from the bottom upwards. Complete this movement a few times to warm up and then confidently strike the blunt part of the champagne sabre along the seam. Give it a good, decisive strike for the best results. If you are unsure of your abilities, you won’t be forceful enough.
Immediately after striking the seam, remove the cage around the cork and strike the bottle again along the seam. Make sure your strikes are straight hits rather than curved. Don’t get discouraged if it takes a few strikes before you get the job done. Soon, the cork will come out and you can pour those glasses of champagne for all to enjoy!
That is how you can become very good at the art of sabrage. Practice these steps at home alone with a few inexpensive bottles of champagne so you can get a good idea of how it works. Then when you are ready to open up a bottle for friends or family you will be able to do so with ease!