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!