January 3, 2017
Sabering Sparkling Wines
New Years eve is behind us, and most of you will have celebrated the new year with some sparkling wine, but how many of you ''sabered'' it?
How many of you even know what sabering is?
Sabering is a way to open a bottle of Champagne or other sparkling wine with a saber. If done right the saber will knock off the neck and cork cleanly and send both flying together for up to 20 feet.
Sabering is said to have started with the Napoleonic troops who followed Napoleon's drinking instructions quite literally: ''Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it.''
Today some saber their sparkling wines for special occasions, as we did celebrating the 40th birthday of our daughter-in-law Jenny. Trang, one of her long time friends did a great job at it (see first video).
You can buy sabers for that purpose (just Google ''sabering''), or you can use any somewhat heavy metal object such as a large kitchen knife (use the blunt edge). Look at chef Alton Brown's ''instructions'' (second video) before attempting to do it yourself!
Personally I will continue to open my spaklings the conventional way. I don't have the 20 feet in my home to allow for the flight path of the bottle top + cork projectile.