The Wine Bloggers Conference is but a few short weeks away, and so for this “Throwback Thursday” I thought I would re-blog this post on sabering from a couple of years ago. “How are #WBC14 and sabering connected?” you might ask. Well, when I attended #WBC12 a couple of years ago in Portland, I found my way to a party hosted by the kind people of Jordan Vineyard and Winery. There happened to be quite a bit of J sparkling wine there as well, and I proceeded to saber most of the remaining bottles. With a champagne flute. I still get emails and tweets bout that night (one from Jean-Charles Boisset who was there).
A week or so I received an invite from the same kind people at Jordan, inviting me to this year’s party. I have no idea why they would do that after I sent countless glass encrusted corks careening over the balcony.
Maybe they forgot.
I am out here in Portland for the Wine Bloggers Conference and will be posting about that soon. In the interim, I thought I would share a couple of videos that my wife shot with her iPhone last weekend I have mentioned before my fondness for sabering champagne or sparking wine. For those of you that don’t know what that is, traditionally you use a saber (either a really big knife or a smallish sword–depending on your outlook on life) to remove the cork (and the top part of the neck) of the bottle. It is a rather cool spectacle (this often ends in losing a bit of the wine–which is why I generally do this with the cheap stuff).
Here are a few videos (there are a ton on YouTube, by the way, on how to saber a bottle).
Notice the cufflinks (nice touch) and the bracelet (nice touch…
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