How to Serve Champagne

Serving any sparkling wine like champagne is little bit sophisticated. As champagne is a sparkling wine and it is costly, so years of practice and deep attention are necessary to serve it properly. Serving of champagne is quite similar to that of any other wine however the method or procedure of opening bottle differs. If you really like to know the steps then pay your deep attention and read the tutorial and watch the videos to know better.


How to serve champagne:

  1. First present the wine list to your guest. There will be champagne list. Sometimes it may happen that you are out of stock. So be sure which champagne you have in your stock.
  2. Before serving champagne try to learn details about it. Learn their brand name, regions, alcoholic content etc. Superior champagne, which are the finniest champagne of all, generally found in French. So learning about some popular French champagne will be helpful.
  3. After taking order from the guest, prepare BOT (Beverage Order Ticket). A BOT is like KOT (Kitchen Order Ticket) and it also made in triplicate. Among these 3 copies, one is made for waiter, one is for bartender and another is for cashier.
  4. After preparing, give one copy of BOT to bartender and receive the order champagne bottle. Always remember champagne is served chilled, at 45 Degree F, wrapped with a napkin and covered with another one which is called “Baby Wrap”. Just after receiving the bottle from bartender, place it in refrigerator or cooler.
  5. Now let’s learn how to set up table for serving champagne. Champagne is served in champagne flutes, champagne tulip and champagne saucer.
  6. The glass should be placed below the water goblet on the right of each cover.
  7. You should bring the champagne in a champagne bucket in a stand with ice. Keep it on the right of the host.
  8. The pressure of the champagne bottle should be around 4.925 kg per square cm. Do give much care on not to shake otherwise pressure will build up and create accidents.
  9. Present the wrapped bottle of champagne to the host for his confirmation. While presenting label should be facing toward guest so that he can read it.
  10. After being confirmed from the host, proceed to the next procedures. After presentation keep the bottle in wine cooler. The neck of the bottle should be kept pointing toward ceiling so that if cork released by mistake then no one gets hurt.
  11. To open the bottle properly, first cut and remove the foil cover and tourniquet. Then place your thumb on the cork and at the same time remove the cork, harness and hood by twisting the bottle to loosen the cork. This is the best way to open the bottle to avoid pressure growing, never do the reverse. Keep the angle of the bottle at 45 degree and must be pointed toward ceiling.
  12. After opening proceed to serve the guests clockwise. Serve Ladies first then others and at last to the host.
  13. Pour one third of the glass. Refill the glass periodically.
  14. To avoid spillage, before filling the glass fully, just gently turn the bottle with a twist.
  15. After pouring sufficient amount of champagne, re-wrap the bottle with a temporary bottle stopper and replace in the ice bucket or chiller with a napkin wrapped on it.

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  1. You can open a bottle of champagne with sword only after you remove the wire cage! In this case I think it was little wrong…

  2. Interesting in the 1st video, the bottle is presented with a black napkin instead of a white napkin. Anytime you present a wine, sparkling or otherwise, it should always be presented with a white napkin. Also a very handy trick is to use the napkin and cover the cork and hold the napkin by the neck of the bottle using the napkin as a sort of safety net in case the pressure from the bottle “pops” the cork. Champagne of course is only referred to as Champagne only if it is from the Champagne region of France, though some may say that you may call Champagne Champagne if it was made by the method champanoise way of second fermentation process in the bottle as well as other particulars in the creation, credited to Dom Perignon who developed the process. All Champagne is sparkling wine but not all sparkling wine is Champagne.

    • Thanks a lot for your wonderful response. Actually the videos are not created by us. Just embaded from youtube. And the last point you made is absolutely right: “All Champagne is sparkling wine but not all sparkling wine is Champagne.”. I guess the article does not differ much.

    • Thanks for the Inputs as these are some of the Misleading Statements made by the prospective employees which land them in not getting that coveted job in F&B Service.


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