How To: Serving Your Prosecco
Do you struggle to open your prosecco elegantly? Here is a step-by-step guide on how to prepare, open and pour a bottle of Pale Fox for optimum quality and optimum flair.
Bottles should be stored horizontally in a cool dry place, away from light and heat, and at a constant temperature. Don’t store your bottle in the fridge perpetually because the cork can dry out. This would then cause the liquid to oxidize more quickly, which can change its aroma.
When you want to serve the prosecco, there is one simple rule: you must only serve your prosecco cold. 6 – 8 degrees Celsius is the right temperature, this equates to 7 hours in the fridge or about 30 minutes in an ice bucket. Serving a chilled bottle will ensure that the foam is minimized, and optimise the taste as well as making it easier to open. However, stay away from the freezer, this could cause the dreadful outcome of the bottle shattering.
Top Tip: As cool as you think it might look, don’t shake the bottle.
- There is a tab on the foil, pull this and remove the foil so that the whole cage and cork is exposed.
- Untwist the cage counterclockwise, putting pressure on the cork to keep it from popping out prematurely.
- Drape a napkin over the cork to avoid spillage.
- Slowly twist the bottle (not the cork!) back and forth whilst holding it at a 45-degree angle.
- As the bottle starts to loosen from the cork begin to slowly pull the cork away from the bottle.
- The cork should then pop out gently (with a quiet phut noise), and you shouldn’t lose any precious prosecco – you’re not at the Grand Prix.
Pouring will probably seem like the easy part, but it is important to look like you have the know-how. To learn about using the best glass type, read our blog on the topic here.
You can fill the glasses on a flat surface, but it is best to angle the glass to help control and ‘cushion’ the bubbles a bit more, allowing it to hit a larger surface area and fizz less violently. If you’re pouring a few glasses, it is best to pour a little into each at a time, which gives time for the fizz to subside and not overflow the glass.
Practice is key, but this should help you to impress your friends and family!