Founded in 1882 by two brothers, Korbel has become a popular sparkling wine brand synonymous with the United States. In fact, as of the date of publication, the sparking wine has the distinction of being served at the past six presidential inaugurations. If you've purchased some Korbel bubbly for a special occasion, you want to make sure you open it correctly. Otherwise a flying cork and erupting champagne bottle may fail to impress your guests.
Remove the foil overlay placed over the cork. Simply peel it away with your fingers and discard.
Twist the key on the wire cage counter-clockwise until you can slide it off and discard.
Wrap a clean towel around the neck and cork of the champagne bottle.
Point the champagne bottle away from all guests or patrons.
Hold the cork firmly with one hand. With your opposite hand, twist the champagne bottle back and forth while gently pulling it away. Continue until you hear the cork release or "sigh." You will also physically feel the release. The Korbel champagne is now ready to pour and toast.
Korbel recommends chilling the champagne in the fridge for at least a few hours before serving. However, if you need to serve the champagne quickly, place it in an ice bucket filled with a mix of water and ice for about 30 minutes before serving.
Korbel has an interactive tool on their website which informs you how much champagne you need to purchase for your event. Simply type in the number of guests and the website will tell you the number of bottles needed.
Korbel suggests you never place the champagne in the freezer. Aside from freezing the bubbly, it can explode if left in the freezer too long.