Lightning Talk: How to Open a Bottle of Champagne Without Anyone Getting Hurt

Lightning Talks are an opportunity for Roundarch Isobar employees in the Chicago office to give a 5-minute talk on any topic of their choice once a month.?The format gives participants a chance to practice their presentation skills in a stress free setting and for the audience to learn from and about their colleagues.

 

Adam Rayman demonstrates how to properly open a bottle of champagne.

The lightning talks perfectly illustrate the level of talent and creativity at Roundarch Isobar.?Such expertise will undoubtedly lead staff members to many life achievements. What better way to celebrate these occasions than by uncorking a bottle of champagne?

Most people open a bottle of champagne by discarding the foil wrapping and metal cage, and then pulling, prying, pushing, twisting, turning and tugging the cork until it flies across the room and the champagne spills all over the place. While that’s a lot of fun at a party, it’s a waste of perfectly good champagne, and the flying cork can poke an eye out – or worse. This is why my lightning talk presentation in February was called “How to Open a Champagne Bottle without Anyone Getting Hurt.”

How to Open Champagne Without Anyone Getting Hurt from Adam Rayman on Vimeo.

The key is to use the cage that surrounds the cork (called a muselet) to grip the cork. Remove the foil and then untwist and loosen the muselet without removing it. Hold the bottle in one hand and grip the muselet with the other. Then just twist the muselet and cork as if you were opening a bottle of soda. The cork should come off with a muted pop and no injuries.

Cheers!

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