Weekly wine defined: Pop

Brynn writes:

By this evening you’ll be hearing plenty of pops, bangs, and probably even some booms as fireworks are lit to celebrate our nation’s 235th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

So, in an effort to be festive this Fourth of July, we’ve decided to stretch our weekly wine defined post that might somewhat relate to the day’s celebrations.

This week’s word is: POP!

If you’re like me, you’re probably looking forward to July 5, when your neighborhood transforms from its July 4 war zone, with loud pops, random bangs and startling booms, back to peaceful suburbia.

I’ve never been one for loud noises, so it’s comical that I’m the one defining POP! But don’t be fooled. The definition is actually the opposite of POP!

We realize summertime Fourth of July celebrations lend themselves to beer drinking and barbecues, but we’re pretty sure along with tonight’s firework festivities someone somewhere in America will POP! a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine. And while tonight is all about big bangs, when opening a bottle of champagne it’s actually encouraged to do everything in your power to keep the POP! from, well, popping.

To correctly open a bottle of champagne (or sparkling wine), the best way to preserve the pressure — and thus keep the bubbles in the wine and not all over your floor — is to place your hand over the cork (after unscrewing the top cage) and slowly ease the cork from the bottle.

If you do this successfully, when the cork finally comes out, instead of a POP!, you’ll get a muted pop. While it’s not  as fun as letting the cork sail at high speeds across the room, opening a bottle in this fashion keeps the bubbles in the wine, which in turn means your glass will be that much more enjoyable.

So as you celebrate our nation’s independence tonight, let the noisy neighbors do all the popping with their fireworks while you sip a chilled glass of “unpopped” bubbly.

Happy Fourth of July!