This is how I open the bottle:
Let's hear it for channel-lock pliers! I use 'em to loosen the cork, and then it pops right out, dead easy. Pushing those puppies up with your thumbs is both painful and stupid. So is trying to hold onto the cork and twisting the bottle with your bare hands.
The other thing we've discovered is that one bottle neatly fits into two large water glasses, one for each of us. No leftovers, no need to pour refills, etc.
Okay, okay. It isn't champagne, per se. It's Freixenet. But this stuff is inexpensive, dry, and tastes great; we're quite happy with it.
I must chastise you on:
1/ Your method of opening bubbly - you should hold the cork and twist the bottle.
2/ Your choice of bubbly - get real!
3/ The glasses used. Although they may mate well with the bubbly chosen.
Jack wonders if we drink it with a straw. Hey! We know how to enjoy our champers! We gulp it.
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