Are You a Bubbly Enthusiast

30/08/2016

How to drink champagne like an expert!

Winemaker and Champagne expert Elise Losfelt of Moët & Chandon shares 10 tips to drinking champagne like a bubbly enthusiast.

1) The glass

The best way to enjoy champagne is in a white wine glass. A white wine glass’s larger bowl enables the wine to open up in the glass, allowing you to better enjoy all the aromas and to savor the complexity of the champagne. Traditional champagne flutes are perfect for showcasing champagne’s stream of bubbles, but their narrow shape limits the drinker’s experience of aromas and flavors. Coupe glasses, on the other hand, create the opposite experience; the glass’s extra-wide mouth amply exposes the champagne to the air allowing the bubbles and aromas to escape quickly.

Here at Cruise we serve our champagnes with flutes, however we’re more than happy to provide which ever glasses you would prefer your champagne to be poured into. Just let your VIP Host know!

2) Best way to open

When opening your bottle of Moët & Chandon, make sure you keep the cage on! The cage helps you control the cork so it doesn’t fly out when it pops, and also gives you leverage to help separate the cork from the bottle. When removing the cork, hold the top of the cage with your thumb to keep the cork in place and untwist the wire six times. Then hold the cage and cork together in one hand while using the other to twist the bottle’s base in a circular direction away from the cork to slowly work the cork out. Twisting the bottle instead of the cork allows you to more gently remove the cork and have more control.

All our VIP team have been trained to open your bottles in the most professional way, maintaining texture and taste for your enjoyment.

3) Where to store

A common misconception when storing champagne is to leave it in the fridge. If you’re planning to enjoy your bottle of champagne immediately (within 3 or 4 days after buying it) storing it in the refrigerator is fine. But if it sits there for weeks the cork can dry out as there is no humidity in refrigerators. As corks dry out, the seal between the bottle and the cork loosen up and the champagne will oxidize faster, changing its aromas. Instead, keep it in a cool place in your home, away from any light, and where the temperature is consistent.

Here at Cruise we constantly rotate our champagnes in and out of the fridges as to keep the cork from drying out and maintaining it’s intended aromas.

4) The ideal temperature

Once you’re ready to enjoy your champagne, the best way to chill your bottle is to fill an ice bucket with ice and one-third water and allow your bottle to cool for 15-20 minutes. Moët & Chandon should be served around 50? F which translate to 10? C.

We serve all our champagnes in ice buckets, which is prepared from the moment you arrive at the door, the available champagnes are then chilled ready for purchase and consume. Our VIP team are trained in the preparation of the ice buckets, flute presentation and service of our most premium products.

5) Pouring

When pouring champagne, only fill your glass about one-third of the way full. If you over-pour, it will warm up too quickly!

Here at Cruise, we thrive off knowing exactly how to serve each drink to it’s best potential. We fill our glasses to a third full to begin with, unless instructed otherwise by our VIP guests!

6) Hold the stem!

Also, remember to hold your glass by the stem and not by the bowl because your hands will warm the champagne up too quickly. And, holding the glass by the stem will make you look oh so elegant!

Holding your glass by the stem guaranteed the perfect temperature to be maintained throughout your drinking!

7) The stopper

In between pours, don’t forget to use a good champagne stopper to preserve all the delicious bubbles! A stopper will keep your open bottle fresh for about 1 day, in case you don’t finish in one sitting.

Here at Cruise we anticipate a party will pour the bottle in one sitting, however stoppers are available upon request. Please note: we do not allow alcohol to be taken out the venue of a nighttime, collection of alcohol can be arranged throughout the week.

8) Drink champagne with your dinner!

Enjoy champagne throughout an entire meal! Many people think they should only enjoy Champagne as an aperitif but that it is not the only way to drink it. Champagne pairs beautifully with foods like fish, meat, grilled vegetables, and risotto, and can bring out new flavors you’ve never tasted in these foods!

9) Best foods to pair with bubbly

Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with food pairings. Oysters and caviar are fantastic with champagne, and more casual foods like truffle fries, fried chicken and cheese are equally delicious with Champagne! Champagne loves oily, salty and fatty foods as they bring out the wine’s fruitiness and freshness, so foods like burgers, tacos, BBQ sauce, and lobster are exciting new pairings to try that champagne connoisseurs have been enjoying for years!

Down at our sister venue Luke’s Eating House & Gin Rickey’s, they have a delicious variety of meals for you to eat alongside your champagne of choice, browse their menu here.

10) Celebrate every day

If you have a bottle of champagne in your refrigerator, don’t wait for a special occasion to enjoy it. You will see that by opening that bottle, the special occasion will come to you. Celebrate life every day!

Here at Cruise we always have something to celebrate, whether it be a team members birthday, celebrating good team spirit & performance, or to help celebrate our VIP guests’ special occasion! We want your visit to us to be memorable & fantastic, let us help you celebrate in style!

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