Champagne Bottle Propelled Like a Rocket

May 25, 2011

in Food & Drink Stories

Let me set the scenario…

I work at a world-renowned health spa. I’ve been in the food and beverage industry for 20 years. I’ve opened many a bottle of wine and Champagne throughout my career. Since it’s a health spa I work at, not as many people order alcohol as in other restaurants, so it’s exciting when they do. $$$ Check average = more tip.

Last night one of my first tables was celebrating an anniversary and ordered a bottle of Drappier Champagne. This particular bottle has a lower sugar content than other Champagnes, so it tends to have a bigger kick. Excitedly I go to the table and present the bottle. I then gracefully remove the foil, loosen the cage, and hold it at a 45 degree angle. Since it was chilled nicely, there was a slight condensation all around. I carefully made sure that I had a firm grip on the cork and that it was not aimed in the direction of others. With a smile, I proceeded to remove the cork.

Instead of a desired “psst,” there went a “POW!” The cork remained tightly in my grip. Then using the condensation as a run way, the bottle shot backwards out of my other hand, hit the floor, and created quite the spectacle!!! Bubbly Champagne shot up high in the air, christened a couple of innocent bystanders, went up one side of me, and up the other!!! I had this refined beverage in my hair, eyes, and through my undergarments!!! I have no idea what was my facial expression, but I’m sure it was priceless!!!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jack May 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I would have loved to have seen that. LOL! I always enjoy entertainment with a good meal.


Peace Lover May 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Ha! I bet that whould have been a youtube hit.


Aaron May 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Funny (when you look back on it)! LOL!


Gregg - admin June 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Thanks for sharing your story, Nicole, and for providing an update! By maintaining an appearance of control and employing humor, you managed to turn what would have been a disaster into a win-win for everyone. Kudos on your performance!


j.D.M. August 18, 2011 at 12:48 am

Which is why we always hold a bottle of sparking wine with a cloth (to ensure the grip.) these rules are not rules for nothing. Still kind of funny I give it a loosery yawn chuckle.


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