Health Watch -- Happy New Year: Safe Bubbly
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To make your champagne safer, chill the sparkling wine to at least 45 degrees. A cork is less likely to pop unexpectedly from a cold bottle. Hold the cork down with your palm while you remove the wire hood. Face the bottle away from people when you're uncorking it, and hold it at a 45-degree angle. Cover the whole top of the bottle with a towel, and hold the bottle firmly with one hand while twisting and pulling the cork until it is almost out of the bottle. Then apply a slight downward pressure just as the cork breaks free.
Of course, you shouldn't drive when you've been drinking champagne. Calling a cab or having a designated driver is another way to avoid champagne-related injuries.