It has long been known that Champagne, or South African Methode Cap Classique, is the perfect celebratory drink for any occasion. During the festive months, you might find yourself face to face with several bubble related situations. Don’t be caught in a fizz! We’re here to give you a quick step by step on how to handle your bubbles this festive season. From the different ways of opening a bottle (it all depends on who’s looking), to making it last long after the last guest goes home, we’ll help you approach your bubbles with total confidence and style.
Get Started: How to chill your MCC
The optimal serving temperature for MCC is 4 – 7 degrees Celcius. This can be obtained by chilling it in the fridge for a few hours, naturally. If you’re in a rush though, don’t hesitate to pop it in the freezer for 15 minutes!
Make it pop: How to open your MCC
There are three ways to open a bottle of MCC, ranging from unglamorous yet practical, to very glamorous yet slightly less practical.
The most no-nonsense way to get the cork out of the bottle is to simply pull it out. This is the perfect technique to apply when you’re in a setting where you don’t want to make too much of a noise or are surrounded by a more reserved crowd.
Most people are hesitant to do this at first, but it is so easy that they stick to the technique after mastering it. Make sure to have a firm grasp of the cork, and give it a turn while you start pulling it out. While the cork shouldn’t go flying, one should still take caution and ensure that the cork faces away from the one opening it, as well as any bystanders.
This is the standard way of opening up a bottle of bubbles and people have been enjoying doing it for years. This technique is perfect for any gathering where you want to get the party started or celebrate a momentous occasion. Just give the cork a slight turn and the pressure will start pushing it away from the bottle. Use your thumb to lift it from the bottle even further and pop! The cork will go flying.
This technique is reserved only for those crazy enough to have samurai swords lying around the house. It will take some trial and error to master this one, but it is arguably one of the most impressive party tricks one can take the time to master. Grab your sword, and hold out the bottle with one hand in front of you, with the welding line facing up. Follow the welding line with your sword, applying a little bit of pressure towards the neck of the bottle. The neck should simply pop off. And you should look simply awesome.
Top it up: How to pour your MCC
When pouring a glass of MCC, the bubbles can sometimes make it difficult to fill up the glass in one go. To avoid this situation, position your glass at a slight angle before pouring. This technique is also used when pouring a particularly foamy beer.
Make it last: How to preserve your MCC
On the off chance that there are some bubbles left after the big celebration, the question arises of what to do with it. I mean, who wants to waste perfectly good MCC? Here are a few ways to make the most of your leftover bubbles.
Just like with wine, you can totally cook with MCC! Turn your signature white wine sauce into an MCC sauce and serve it with a creamy pasta or a rich mussel pot.
This is an age-old hack, whether you believe it works or not. Dangle a spoon in the bottle to preserve the bubbles and enjoy it up to 3 days later.
Keep it cold
The reason any wine goes off after opening it up is because of oxidation. Avoid this for a long as possible by putting the leftover MCC in the fridge.