Would you risk your iPad to saber Champagne? No, you don’t need an actual sword to remove the cork (and the top of the bottle). This short and sweet video, which I owe Maxine* of The Bookery Cook a debt of gratitude for sending my way, stars Benoit Tarlant of Champagne Tarlant. He shows us how it’s done, and his iPad is none the worse for wear.
Shamefully, I have never sabered a bottle of Champagne with a saber let alone an iPad. If you have the experience I lack in this department, I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Hopefully no one lost an eye or a bottle of Champagne. (And if you’re trying to saber Champagne for the first time please be careful! There’s no harm in opening it in less dramatic fashion.)
*Maxine’s family also has a bit of a history of Champagne sabering, which she was kind enough to share with me:
Our parents actually taught us how to do it (not with an iPad). They have a funny ‘culture club’ group where they each pick a different cultural thing to explore every 4 months. Their friends chose Champagne and told everyone to bring a bottle of French Champagne over to learn how to sabrage. Originally they thought you could only do it with French Champagne, but we were very quick to prove that it can be done with a $10 bottle of Prosecco!
Now excuse me while I call my Mom to ask her why I never got to saber Champagne as a kid, or at least a teen.