how to saber a bottle of bubbly

How to saber a bottle of bubbly

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Taking your Champagne-soaked celebration to the next level

A few years ago, I had an epiphany: Life is meant to be celebrated (at e-v-e-r-y opportunity). This is not to say that I live like a rock star who throws lavish parties or trashes hotel rooms, but it does mean I sip Champagne on a Tuesday night. 

Adding a splash of spectacular to the everyday, I upped the ante of my Tuesday night tradition in Whistler, Canada—a ski resort town 90 minutes from Vancouver, BC. Knowing it would be an epic evening, I selected a hotel, The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, just a few doors down from the Bearfoot Bistro, the destination’s it address for haute cuisine and celebration. Here, instead of ordering a flute of bubbly, I opted for a bottle and sabered it in the restaurant’s 20,000-bottle cellar! 

“The tradition started with the officers of Napoleon before they went to battle, when cleanly sabering the top off a bottle of Champagne meant good luck in the battle to come,” said André Saint-Jacques, founder of the Bearfoot Bistro, bon vivant, and the world record holder for most bottles of Champagne sabered.

Because André is “the go-to guy” for lopping the top off a bottle of bubbly, I enlisted his help to do it right. Turns out, the art of celebration is less complicated than you’d think. See for yourself in this video about how to take a Champagne-soaked celebration to the next level. Cheers.

How do you like to celebrate in style?

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Trish Friesen chose an unlikely profession given her fear of flying and propensity toward car, air, boat, train, and chairlift sickness. Thanks to Gravol, Sea-Bands, and cruise ship stabilizers, the reluctant—yet enthusiastic—jetsetter packs her bag once every two weeks to swim with sharks in the Great Barrier Reef or to sample the latest libation in Portland. Trish unpacks her suitcase in Vancouver, Canada, Eh! where she’s the editor-in-chief of, a travel lifestyle website for aspiring jetsetters. Find her moonlighting on Expedia, Fodor's, Jetsetter, and as a travel expert on TV while circumventing the globe with her entourage: a MacBook Air, an Olympus camera, and the biggest carry-on she can fit on the plane.

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