Champagne comes with a certain amount of risk. When a Champagne cork leaves the bottle, it can reach speeds of up to 50 mph, which is fast enough to shatter glass. If the cork comes into contact with the eye, it can result in bleeding, abrasions, and even glaucoma.
Champagne should be chilled.
Champagne bubbles expand when warmer. Always cool your Champagne in the fridge or on ice to protect your eyesight and avoid the bottle from opening unexpectedly.
Don't shake the bottle or point it at anyone.
When you shake a bottle of Champagne, the pressure builds up inside the bottle, causing the cork to shoot out at a high speed. Never point a bottle toward another person. It's possible that they'll lose their sight as a result of it. Instead, hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle, with the base a little lower than the opening, and direct it away from yourself and others.
Twist the bottle while pressing down on the cork.
Remove the wire hood after tearing off the foil. Cover the top of the bottle with a towel and grab the cork. Slowly and firmly twist the bottle's base while maintaining a strong grip on the cork. Continue doing so until the pressure in the bottle begins to naturally push the cork out. To keep the cork from popping out too rapidly, press down on it.
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