Opening a bottle of Champagne with a sword is so festively cool. What could go wrong? #sabrage

Picture it. Your house, New Year’s Eve. You have friends over; it’s not quite midnight. Your guests are stuffed from eating chicken wings and your famous, crab dip. They’re getting a tad bit tired and restless. What to do, what to do?

It’s December 31st, so—of course—you have Champagne on ice, and you remember that you once saw a video of people at a military party come alive and cheer when some officer or other opened a bottle of the bubbly with his saber. You remember you have an old machete somewhere in your don’t-use-it-but-don’t-want-to-throw-it-away closet. You’re on to something, champ.

You Google “open Champagne with a giant knife” and the images you find are amazing! People are literally holding fountains in their hands! You discover the magic is a process called sabrage and you’re certain it will wake up your friends, impress them, and reignite your celebration. What could possibly go wrong? You’re a genius.

Hopefully, you have more than one bottle of Champagne. And, great health insurance.

Global BC Morning News host Steve Darling and Four Seasons’ Wine Director Emily Walker demonstrated how to saber champagne, but things didn’t go according to plan. Twice, they didn’t.

Fortunately, there are lots of ways to open a bottle of the good stuff without having to use the blunt edge of a large knife without losing half of its contents and possibly your hand or eye.

Here’s Erik Segelbaum of DC’s Le Diplomate to show you how to properly uncork your bubbly.

However you pop the cork, please pop it safely. And have a wonderful New Year.


By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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