How to Open Champagne With a Saber

Whether it’s New Year’s Eve, a loved one’s birthday or even just a small get-together with friends, sabering open a bottle of sparkling wine is an awesome way to celebrate a special occasion or impress your friends at your next outing. You may have even seen our winemaker, Charles, do it at one of our events and thought to yourself, “Man, I wish I knew how to do that!”

We’ve all been there, which is why today we’re bringing you a step-by-step guide on the coolest way to get your next party started. Don’t worry, it’s actually pretty easy to do—just don’t tell Charles we said that!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. A saber (or a butcher’s knife, if you don’t happen to have a saber lying around)
  2. Sparkling wine (duh)

Here’s how it works:

You use the blade to break the neck of the bottle from the rest of the wine in one swift motion. The force inside the bottle from the carbonation creates such an intense amount of pressure that the sabering causes a clean break, launching the cork away from the bottle and leaving no shards of glass behind or inside the wine. Pretty cool, right?

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Remove the foil and safety wire from the bottle of champagne.
  2. Find the seam of the bottle. That’s the line down the length of the bottle were the glassmaker fused the two halves of the bottle together; you should be able to feel it with your finger.
  3. Point the bottle away from people and objects, as the cork can travel pretty far.
  4. Using the blunt edge of the knife, run it up the bottle’s seam in one, swift-but-firm motion toward the cork—make sure you follow through!

That’s it! Now you’re ready to kick off your next celebration in style. Cheers!

CBM Vineyards

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