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Dating back to the Napoleonic-era in France, sabering Champagne (sabrage if you will) has been widely established as the coolest way to open a bottle of Champagne.

Dating back to the Napoleonic-era in France, sabering Champagne (sabrage if you will) has been widely established as the coolest way to open a bottle of Champagne. But until recently, we really didn’t know how to do it. We thought it was some sort of highly skilled art. We thought we could lose a limb! Both are false. Following is a quick four step guide to sabering a Champagne bottle, a party trick that’s quite a bit more elegant than snapping a beer bottle cap across the room.

To look at the individual steps close up, click on each image. But first, watch this video featuring Food Republic contributing editor Matt Rodbard to see how it’s done in real-time:

How To Saber A Bottle Of Champagne from Food Republic on Vimeo.