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Josh Sabers a Champagne Bottle with Ease (Video)

Don’t try this at home! (without Josh’s tips). In 3 easy steps you too can saber a Champagne bottle for your next celebration. Check out our 1-minute video on everything you need to know.

In this video we actually use Prosecco. There is some debate over whether you can use sparkling wine other than Champagne but according to Josh, anything with a mushroom cork and a cage will work just fine. So you don’t need to splurge to make a splash!

All you need is your bottle of sparkling and the saber of your choice. Wine Enthusiast sells two options: here and here

(the truth is you could use a regular knife as well, but where’s the drama in that?)

Champagne (or Prosecco or Cava or Sparkling Wine) Sabering Steps:
1) Chill bottle until ice cold

2) Remove the cage on the bottle. With your saber in one hand and the bottle in the other, find the seam on the bottle.

3) Carefully run the sword along the seam in one smooth motion from the bottom to the top. Boom!

If you try this at home please be careful! And send us a video! How did it go?

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  1. Wendy

    May 19, 2019 - 2:05 pm

    Looks like this results in your losing a great deal of the wine.

    • Josh Farrell

      June 24, 2019 - 1:37 pm

      Hi Wendy, how much wine is lost will depend on how cold the bottle is and how careful you are. Unfortunately some wine will be lost no matter what, Cheers!

  2. Sue

    June 23, 2019 - 1:20 pm

    I did this and the bottle broke off clean. What did I do wrong and can you drink the wine after this happens

    • Josh Farrell

      June 24, 2019 - 1:36 pm

      Hi Sue, if the neck breaks off cleanly and there is no glass in the bottle you can safely drink the wine. Cheers!

  3. sidd Banerji

    July 22, 2019 - 9:32 am

    Nice effort but not to adopt.Glass breaking is every possibility.No good reason to be a Killjoy.

  4. Ilona Johnson

    December 17, 2020 - 11:14 am

    What does a Sherry glass look like?

  5. Teresa Afonso

    March 8, 2021 - 2:22 pm

    You should’ve mentionned the bottle has to be really cold or it will blow up to your face. It is not that easy to do it and use very much caution.
    I am a certified Saber from the Confrerie de Sabre d’Or in Champagne France. There are lot’s of accidents. Do another Video please with more cautions. Thank you.

  6. William Moore

    September 11, 2021 - 5:38 pm

    The trick to avoid losing any wine or as little as possible: have the bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine ice cold, having been chilling in a bucket with brine made with a handful of salt and crushed ice and as much cold water to make a slushy brine. When the bottle is ice cold, remove the foil cap, loosen the wire cage a bit and find the seam of the bottle. have an empty bucket underneath to catch any overflow, hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle, start at the mid section of the bottle running the ‘sabre’ or a heavy butcher knife along the seam blunt side against the bottle, with a quick and forceful whoosh, and the cork along with the bottle lip should fly off in one piece. Make sure you aim away from people and any windows as the flying cork could hurt someone or break a window.,

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