With a tital wave of bubbly to come New Year’s Eve, it’s a good time to prime yourself with some tactical advice. How does one open a sparkler? Read on …

 Safety serving tip: No need to launch a cork

Contrary to common belief, the best way to open a bottle of bubbly is not to pop the cork, but rather to slowly allow for the cork’s release, achieving an ideal “sigh” as the cork exits the bottle. One last tip: be sure to make the process look easy.

      Remove the foil covering the cork.

     Loosen the wire casing with seven twists.

     Hold the cork, within the wire casing, in the palm of one hand.

     Twist the bottle while holding the cork and the wire casing.

     The cork will come out of its own accord.