27 Jun '11, 8pm

Luxury Hotels Bring Back Traditional Champagne Sabering Ritual

Luxury Hotels Bring Back Traditional Champagne Sabering Ritual

The centuries old tradition of Champagne sabering seems to be making a comeback as elite restaurants and luxury hotels get in on the act. Begun during the Napoleonic wars, the art of Champagne sabering was actually born of necessity, according to various legends. One legend has it that as Napoleon's troops returned home after victory, happy townspeople would hand the soldiers bottles of Champagne as tokens of gratitude and appreciation. As the soldiers were mounted on horseback, with a hand on the reins, they found it difficult to unwrap and uncork the bottle. Instead, they would use their sabers to remove the foil, the wire basket around the cork and the cork itself, all at the same time. Another variation of the legend of Champagne sabering says that the widow Clicquot would give Napoleon's soldiers Champagne and glasses in return for protecting her land. As the soldiers...

Full article: http://www.justluxe.com/lifestyle/dining/feature-1597174.php

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