Opening Bottles On New Year’s Eve

Enchanted Seashells wrote in a comment on the last post saying she didn’t know how to open a champagne bottle so she’ll be drinking wine on New Year’s Eve. And while I think it’s fine that you choose whatever you’d like to drink (with or without alcohol) it reminded me of a day with my kids just before we had to move because of the divorce.

We had a liquor cabinet at the time with lots of different bottles that people had kindly given us over the years. The ones that I liked I kept and brought to the next house. But the others, well, it was time to throw them out.

I’m a recycler so we had to empty the bottles and then put them into the recycling bin so I decided to teach my kids how to open a wine bottle properly and to open champagne without spilling it everywhere. Can I tell you how much fun it was?

It was so much fun!! The kids were in high school and even though it was early for them to be drinking obviously, it is never too early to teach them how to properly do things. For one day I hope that they will be gentlemen and not fluster over basic knowledge like how to shave (which I taught them), how to properly tie a Windsor knot (that was me as well!) and how to open bottles. LOL Mom has her priorities you know….just kidding.

We stood out in the backyard of our home and began the lessons. We laughed so much that day that they still remember it. I taught them how to use a wine screw (like waiters do in restaurants) and then I taught them how to use Mommy’s easy wine opener. I demonstrated and let each of them take turns opening bottles. We talked about each bottle of wine and what type it was. If we hadn’t had to be somewhere that afternoon, I would have let them sip every one just so they’d know that they tasted like! But instead, we just poured them down the drain.

As for the champagne bottles, we did those too! Luckily I had 3 bottles so we each had one to open. I am particular about what type of bubbly I like so these were not ones that I liked. They’d been collecting dust in the cabinet for longer than I could remember and it was time to let them go.

So here’s a good video for all of you who are thinking of toasting 2021 with a glass of champagne but perhaps you’re alone because of the virus! I want to hear if you did it Princess Rosebud!

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9 Responses to Opening Bottles On New Year’s Eve

  1. The V Pub says:

    I love cremant! So much better value, although I do enjoy a bit of veuve clicquot on occassion.


  2. Ainsobriety says:

    We had sparking juice on Christmas Day and I showed them how to open the bottle without having the cork fly out!
    It’s funny – some things you somehow assume they know.


  3. hbsuefred says:

    We teach our kids life lessons, the definition of which will probably vary from parent to parent. You’re a good mom, and I am, too. Like me, you may be trying to figure out what if anything the other parent may have taught our respective kids.

    I also want to take this opportunity to let you know how much I am enjoying and learning from your blog. I think I found it through LA who I may have found by searching divorce which I am currently in the process of going through. I hope it ends soon but right now there doesn’t seem to be much of an end in sight.

    On the upside, and by way of moving on myself, I am taking the WP Blogging for Beginner’s Course and am at the point where I am trying to identify my desired reader. They recommend looking at blogs I follow and using those as a baseline to help me determine my reader based on what I want to say to said reader. LA’s blog and yours are both on the list to help me with this task.


    • janieleeds says:

      I’m so happy we’ve found each other! LA is an awesome blogger and I love to read her posts (and yours)!

      I am sorry to hear you are going through a divorce. It is hard to do so if you need a friend, please reach out. Allow it to unfold and stay centered as you go through it.

      Good for you with the Blogging Course. I have not had the time to take one, but I have heard they are helpful! I wish you all the best and am here if you need anything!

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Make this a day to enjoy yourself in whatever way that means to you!


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