Another sabering fail?

There has been a video that people have viewed far too many times of me trying to saber a bottle of sparkling Clos Pepe wine shortly after the conclusion of the Wine Bloggers Conference in Buellton, California last month.

Despite my numerous successful attempts (including several at the WBC), it is likely that I will forever be remembered for this one failure (although I have not watched the video all the way through, it was apparently memorable).

Here was my first ever attempt using a wine glass:

Feeling a bit, well, um, inadequate when it came to sabering after the fail at Clos Pepe, I decided at the spur of the moment to saber the bottle of sparkling I had brought in to celebrate my last day at work. Deciding to saber at the spur of the moment is never a good idea and doing it at work is even sketchier, but hey, I was going for it.

I looked around my office for something to do the job. After considering a ruler (too light), a stapler (too easy), and a wireless keyboard (too expensive), I decided on this:

GaneshA 3 inch tall statuette of Ganesha, a Hindu deity, that was given to me by a good friend of ours after she had returned from a trip to India. It was a bit of a risk since it was rather small, but it has some good weight to it and after I read on Wikipedia that Ganesha is the god of beginnings and he is honored at the start of ceremonies and rituals, I figured he was the natural choice to help me get some of my sabering mojo back.

So without any further ado:



About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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34 Responses to Another sabering fail?

  1. I think that this could become a thing like Sundays for Seb and the Ohmygod chronicles: “Sabering Saturdays” and you just try and saber sparkling wines with different objects.

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  2. talkavino says:

    I don’t know why, but I had problems sabering with the glass as of late. I was very successful last year with 3-4 bottles, but then I broke two glasses, cut my hand and really had no success. Last time, in June, I started with the glass again, understood that it is not going to happen, so I simply used the back of the kitchen knife to complete it effortlessly 🙂

    Ganesha didn’t look like an ideal sabering tool to me…


  3. That video has more dramatic tension than an episode of the Sopranos. Thank goodness there was a happy ending. Bravo!

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  4. I like your comment, “I’ve failed before, so its not bad” Life is all about failing and getting back up in order to be successful! Pretty cool sabering and probably the first to saber with a Ganesha. Maybe you have started a new trend.


  5. A couple months ago I bought the impulse buy of the decade – an 18 inch machete for four bucks at discount took store. Weeding is so much more fun. That should work with bubbly, right? (Then after finishing the bottle I can go back to swinging it around like a madman)


  6. How fun! I’ve read a few blogs about your sabering escapade at Clos Pepe. Thank you for sharing your videos. I’ve never seen it done before. Very cool! Perhaps next year I can witness your sabering skills first hand. Cheers!


  7. Oh ha! I thought for sure that would be a fail, but you pulled it off last second! Bravo!


  8. All hail, Ganesha! 😋 Bravo to you both!!


  9. Well done, Jeff. Congratulations! You are making solid progress with your coordination skills my friend.
    But, really, this does not compensate (at all) for the five minutes you chipped away at that poor Clos Pepe sparkling wine bottle. So hilarious. The taunting and cheering was the best part. I recorded two minutes of video of the Clos Pepe sabering fail if you’d like it for the ol digital scrapbook. 😉


  10. linnetmoss says:

    Laughing out loud over this. It seems like something guys love to do (heh, heh). I would never dream of wasting a glass of good bubbly that way!


  11. frosthea says:

    I do have to say this is pretty cool…I’ve never seen this before. It’s also great to know there’s a Wine Bloggers conference!! Cheers to your last day at work!


  12. winegurl12 says:

    That was very cool. It’s not sabering, but can you do the shoe thing? Oh, and Sopranos theme as background music in the next one…


  13. jimvanbergen says:

    The one time my friend sabred a bottle, three people refused the champagne “not wanting to drink glass shards”. I’m sticking with corks until requested otherwise. 🙂
    Enjoying your unusual use of statues!


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