Words by, Peter Minkoff
Photography by, Xavier Duah
The article below is a featured guest post enunciated, and written by lifestyle writer at Men-Ual magazine UK, Peter Minkoff. Specially written for www.igeeokafor.com. Edited and Approved by, Igee Okafor.
Everyone likes to party and most people don’t even need an excuse to invite their friends over, order some quality food and drinks, and throw a gathering. However, you have to get prepared, especially when it comes to the drinks. This means offering some great Champagne and learning how to serve it properly, so here are five tips that will help you master the fine art of serving this wonderful drink at your next party.
Pay attention to the quality
This is the most important thing when serving any sort of drink, but it’s particularly important when it comes to Champagne. There are lots of different sorts coming from all over the globe, and it’s your job to pick the most quality brand for your guests.
Of course, if you’re not the biggest expert and can’t tell the difference between two bottles of Champagne, you can always consult someone with more experience – after all, that’s why we have sommeliers. They can also recommend a few brands you might want to take into consideration, and make sure your guests are quite happy with the choice.
Don’t wait too long
However, even if you get the best Champagne out there, that still doesn’t mean your guests will be satisfied. If you open the bottle and don’t serve all of it at once, things can get pretty nasty since Champagnes don’t react to oxygen well, so you should serve them as soon as you pop the cork.
If you’ve bought your bottles a while ago, make sure you store them in your fridge instead of the pantry – and certainly stay away from the freezer! – and keep the temperature low. This will keep the quality of your Champagne at the highest level, but, again, don’t wait too long before you open and serve it.
Impress your guests
There’s no party like an office party, because office parties mean there’s something really special going on! You’ve either been promoted, or you’ve landed a major deal, or you’re getting ready to go on a vacation – or just for the holiday season. All of these things mean you can enjoy yourself and spend some time with your colleagues, but no office party is complete without some high quality sparkling wine or champagne.
This is something people from all over the world know, and that’s why sparkling wine should definitely be a part of every corporate event, regardless of your location. People from Australia, for instance, can always look for a reliable corporate alcohol delivery in Sydney as a sure way to get enough Champagne for all their colleagues and business partners on their parties.
Get the right glass
Once you gather all your friends and associates, and open your Champagne, it’s vital to have proper glasses too. This is something not all experts can agree on, though, and different people use different glasses while having their favorite drink.
Probably the most common choice is the simple white wine glass – it allows your Champagne to release all its aromas, helping you enjoy it even more. Flute glasses are another popular choice: it’s narrow and tall, but it might not suit all drinkers since it doesn’t allow all layers of flavor to reach you before you take a sip. In the end, coupe glasses are much wider and just as visually appealing, but they allow too much air into the glass, and that might easily ruin your guests’ drinking experience.
Think about the menu
Nobody likes being at a party with absolutely no food, so you’d better make sure your guests are well-fed while enjoying their Champagne. Whether you opt for a buffet or a standard menu, try to find meals that go well with sparkling wine, and everyone will enjoy your party on a much higher level.
Some of the ideas you could start with include shrimp, shellfish, stuffed mushrooms, different vegetables and shortbread cookies. Additionally, serve triple cream cheese that agrees with Champagne, or a fruit-based dessert that’s particularly tasty when combined with quality sparkling wine.
Serving Champagne at any kind of party is the first step towards having a good time, and if you want your guests to remember your event for a long time, be sure to get enough bottles of this amazing drink.
Thank you for reading!