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How To Chill, Open, Pour & Drink Champagne - A Quick Guide For New Years - Gentleman's Gazette



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Welcome back to the Gentleman's Gazette!

In today's video, we talk about how to drink champagne, I discuss how to chill it, how

to pour it, how to drink it, and most importantly, how to enjoy it.

If you wonder if an expensive champagne is even worth it in the first place, watch this

video here.

First of all, when should you and when should you not drink champagne?

I like to keep with the famous namesake champagne house.

She said, " I only drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad.

Sometimes, I drink it whenI'm alone.

When I have company, I consider it obligatory.

I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and I drink it when I am.

Otherwise, I never touch it unless I'm thirsty."

In short, you can always drink it if you feel like it.

So what temperature should you serve champagne at?

Short answer, not too chilled but cool.

More specifically, most champagnes are good at 46 degrees Fahrenheit or about 8 degrees

Celsius.

For vintage champagnes, it changes a bit to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit or about 10 degrees

Celsius.

If your champagne is too cold or too warm, you miss out on some flavors.

To get that temperature, it should be about 3-4 hours in the fridge or about 15-20 minutes

into an ice bucket.

If you do not have that much time, you can add salt to the ice bucket and it will cool

down into just about 5 minutes.

So how do you open a bottle of champagne?

Basically, there are two options.

The traditional one is to do the sabrage, Personally, I've done it once, it is a huge

mess and it is more of a show.

A better way to open a champagne is to take the bottle and remove the foil as well as

the wire cage and the muzzle on top.

Most of the time, there is a little lip where you can open the foil, if you can't, simply

take a wine opener and cut it open.

Hold the bottle in your right hand if you are right-handed, the left one if you are

left-handed.

The cork always on the opposite hand.

Now, twist the bottle from the bottom and slightly tilt on the cork until it pops.

You will definitely hear it and don't shake the bottle beforehand, otherwise, the champagne

will be all over.

If you have bad luck, the cork may even hit someone, or maybe a chandelier.

So how should you pour champagne?

First of all, what glass should you use?

Back in the day, people favored a flat kind of copita style glass because champagne often

had a lot of carbonation and sometimes they would even use a swizzle stick to get rid

of all the bubbles.

That way, everything in the champagne is quite controlled so you don't have any excess bubbles

and you can use different glasses.

The most popular style is probably the champagne flute which is very elegant and stylish.

That being said, in recent years, regular wine glasses have become a lot more popular

especially for vintage champagnes because supposedly, they help you to discern flavors

better.

At the end of the day, simply go with the glass you have or the one you like most.

When you pour champagne, most people hold it by the neck or in the middle.

The most elegant way is to put your thumb to the back hole of the bottom of the bottle

and then pour it.

Ideally, you hold the glass at an angle and slowly pour it down then you wait a little

bit until the foam has subsided nd then you top it off.

you always want the glass to be about half full if its a flute, a little less if its

a wine glass.

Never fill a champagne glass all the way up, it just shows you don't know what you are

doing.

Also, avoid pouring too fast because it will likely come out of the glass and it will take

longer to fill the glass.

Do it slowly at an angle and then straight up, never just plain into the glass when it

is standing on the table.

If you pour champagne that way, you should get about 7-8 glasses per bottle.

That may help you in your calculations.

Of course, if you get a magnum bottle which is one and a half liters, you get twice as

many glasses.

Alright, now it's time to drink the champagne.

First, look at the champagne.

If it is a very light golden color, it means it is a younger champagne.

if it is darker, more golden, or yellow, it means it's an older, more ripen champagne.

Two, smell the champagne.

Hold your nose over it and see what you can smell.

Generally, there are five aroma groups.

Flowers, vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, indulgent delicacies.

Three, now it's time to taste the champagne.

Take a little sip, let it roll down your tongue, down the palate.

Wine tasters typically swirl the champagne around their mouth just like you do with a

mouthwash, that way, you get the full flavor experience.

Last but not the least, pay attention to the finish when it rolls down your palate.

The longer the flavor lingers in your mouth, the more high end, the more expensive the

champagne will be.

Alright, that is all you need to know.

Now, off and enjoy your champagne.

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In today's video, I'm wearing an outfit that I would typically wear for a party in my home

or Christmas, maybe Christmas Eve or New Year's.

It consists of a burgundy velvet dinner jacket that I had custom made.

I opted for reflective mother of pearl buttons because that is nice in the evening and I

added cuffs to the jacket sleeves.

For my shirt, I chose a regular dress shirt because overall, it is a more casual black

tie outfit.

I could have also worn a proper black tie shirt with shirt studs.

I am still wearing French cuffs with cuff links in this case from Fort Belvedere with

malachite green stones because it is very much in line with Christmas day.

In the same vein, I combined it with a silver and malachite pinky ring because it picks

up the green and red tones in the outfit.

My bow tie is likewise velvet but it is special because it is a single end now tie and you

can find it in our shop here.

As you can see, it stands up by itself and it is just slightly more elegant than a regular

velvet bow tie that you can find in our shop.

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out ths vifeo here.

In my chest pocket I'm wearing a white linen pocket square that you can also find in our

shop just like the Fort Belvedere boutonniere which is white and small and works with the

lapel.

My slacks are black tuxedo pants with a side gallon in silk satin.

I'm pairing them with over the calf charcoal and gray socks for a more relaxed look than

let's say a black silk socks. because I'm at home, I'm wearing green velvet slippers

that again go with the green of my cufflinks and the burgundy tone of my dinner jacket.