The sabrage is an ancient military tradition that dates back to the period of Napoleon’s military campaigns. Napoleon’s Ussars officers used to open champagne bottles with their favorite weapon: the saber. The spectacular practice has grown into a new celebratory way to open sparkling wine bottles, now performed with special shorter and blunt sabers. Opening a bottle of sparkling wine with proper sabrage ensures an explosive evening! The saber proposed by proseccoshoppe.com is specifically designed for sabrage, as it is blunt and not sharp at the point; sabrage (sciabolata in Italian) is a technique that requires a bit of practice and dexterity. Our sciabola (saber) is of adequate size and balanced to facilitate its use.
Here are a few suggestions that will help you to perform a spectacular sabrage:
- The bottle must be cooled for at least 12 hours.
- Remove all coating from the neck of the bottle.
- Move the cork’s cage to the upper ring of the bottle top.
- Slide the saber along the body seam of the bottle to the lip to break the top of the neck away, leaving the neck of the bottle open and ready to pour. The force of the blunt blade hitting the lip breaks the glass to separate the collar from the bottle’s neck. The cork and collar remain together.
We have chosen a saber without a display stand, as we want you to keep it in a place inaccessible to children; although it is not an actual blade, you must keep it away from children; this is not a toy. Proseccoshoppe.com declines any responsibility for any use other than the one described here.