How to uncork a champagne bottle

Believe it or not, it has been reported that champagne corks kill nearly 24 people each year.

You wouldn’t want your wedding turning into a funeral.

Learn the simple and right way to uncork a bottle of bubbly.

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The bottle of champagne should be properly chilled to around 7-8 degrees Celsius. If it isn’t cold enough, the pressure inside the bottle will cause the cork to release very quickly. And that is when it becomes a safety hazard.

To quickly cool down your champagne bottle (and to keep cold bottles cold), use a mixture of 50% ice and 50% water. This liquid mixture ensures more of the surface area of the bottle is being cooled.

Although all champagnes have a tab to help open the bottle, most of the time the tab fails to make its way around the bottle leaving an ugly mess of excess foil. Cut the foil to create an even, clean line around the bottle so that once the foil is removed, the cork and cage are exposed.

When you remove the bottle from the ice bath, wipe it dry so that it doesn’t slip out of your hands.

Fold a kitchen towel lengthwise and put it over the cage and the cork to create a safety measure that can help prevent the cork from flying off.

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Untwist the cage anti clockwise, putting pressure on the cork to keep it from popping out prematurely.

Hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle. Untwist six times and then loosen the cage all the way around the bottle.

Twist the bottle not the cork once the cage is loosened. If you twist the cork, it can break inside the bottle.

Once the bottle starts to loosen from the cork and is able to spin freely, begin to slowly pull the cork away from the bottle.

Do this until the pressure in the bottle begins to push the cork out naturally. Once you feel the cork begin to move on its own, push against the cork gentle to keep it from releasing too quickly.

Listen for a quiet hissing sound. The slower the cork separates itself from the bottle, the gentler the hiss.

Now that the pressure of the bottle is driving the cork out, you can control how quickly the cork separates itself from the bottle.

Once the cork is removed, give the lip of the bottle a quick wipe and serve.

Cheers!

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The Difference between Red Wine and White Wine

Yes, they are two distinct colours, but ever wondered why? Also is the colour the only differentiator? Hmmm… turns out there is more to that alluring glass of wine than you may have thought. But no worries, it’s never too late to learn something new. Just keep reading and you shall be a Wine Guru in no time.

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Wine is a highly popular alcoholic drink that is made by fermenting grapes. Red wine is produced using dark grapes which either have a deep red or blue tint, making them look almost black. White wine uses light skinned grapes that can be green, yellow or a mix of both. Often, white wine is also produced using just the clear juice from dark grapes.

When making red wine, the skin, stem and seeds of the dark grapes are left in the juice.  During fermentation, the pigments and tannins from them seep out, adding colour and complexity to the wine. Tannins are compounds found in grapes. They provide the astringent taste in red wines and also help age the red wine longer as compared to white wines; due to their preservation properties. Tannins are also responsible for preventing the oxidation of red wines while they age.

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White wines are made using only the juice from light or dark skinned grapes. The skin, stem and seeds are completely removed after extracting the juice. White wines don’t have any strong colour because of the lack of pigments in light skinned grapes. If made using dark grapes, the pulp and skin are completely removed, preventing the pigments from reaching the juice. Tannin content in white wines is much lower than red as it does not use the skin or other parts of the grape where Tannins are found.

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Red wines are often described as being complex with very sharp and rich flavours while white wines offer a much lighter touch to the palette. When deciding on which wine to have with a meal, we suggest you pick red if your dish has strong flavours, otherwise white would work well. However in the end it really depends on what you find most suitable.

So there you have it, a glass full of wine knowledge! Be nice and share it with others.

For a large collection of Red and White Wines at great prices, check out www.bengalurudutyfree.in

The Health Benefits of Alcohol

Alcohol having health benefits! Not something we hear often is it?  However it is true. If consumed in moderate amounts, alcohol can prove to be highly beneficial for our health. When we say moderate amounts, it means on average one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. Exercising this limit is important in ensuring that you benefit from the good of alcohol instead of the bad.

So what exactly is the good we are talking about? Read on to find out.

It’s Heart Friendly

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According to studies conducted by Harvard School of Public Health, moderate consumption of alcohol can reduce the risk of heart disease by 40%. Alcohol has properties that raise the level of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body and reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), which plays a major role in protecting the heart against diseases. Moderate intake is also effective in preventing blood clotting, which helps keep arteries free of blockage and reduces the chances of heart attacks.

Lowers the Risk of Diabetes

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A Dutch study has found that chances of Type-2 Diabetes are much lower in adults who consume alcohol moderately as compared to adults who don’t drink alcohol at all. Alcohol improves the ability of the body to breakdown glucose and convert it into energy. This brings down the level of sugar in the bloodstream, leading to a lower chance of developing Type-2 Diabetes.

Helps Prevent Dementia

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A study report published in the Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment journal shows that moderate level drinkers have a 23% less chance of developing dementia. Controlled amounts of alcohol can help in keeping the brain cells fit and strong, giving them the tolerance to handle high stress situations, without triggering cognitive impairment, Alzheimers or other types of dementia.

Fights Gallstone Formation

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Research studies conducted at the University of East Anglia reveal that consuming two drinks per day can reduce the risk of gallstones by one-third. Gallstones are usually made of hardened cholesterol and form in the Gall Bladder. Just like moderate alcohol consumption boosts good cholesterol in the bloodstream, it also improves the levels in the all bbladder, preventing Gallstone formation. Alcohol also helps in maintaining a healthy weight, which is important when it comes to preventing Gallstones. Being overweight usually increases the risk of developing Gallstones.

Increases the Lifespan

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Drinking in moderation can have a positive effect on your lifespan as per studies conducted by the Catholic University of Campobasso. Study results show that the risk of death can be 18% lower in men and women who consume alcohol in controlled amounts every day. However, it should be noted that moderation is very key, and excess amounts are not advisable.

Now you know all the positive health benefits alcohol offers. So the next time you are having a drink, do give a big “Cheers” to health!

Don’t forget to check out the large collection of alcohol at the Bengaluru Duty Free store. You can also pre-order your favourite drinks at www.bengalurudutyfree.in

 

 

Champagne recommendations for Valentine’s Day

February is here and we all know what that means: ‘tis the season of love! It’s time to pull out all the stops and plan a great date night. Our duty free store has plenty of awesome wines and fine spirits that will make for a truly remarkable celebration but nothing says it better than a bottle of Champagne.

Here’s what we recommend.

Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut

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Add some bubbly fun to your evening with the Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut. Available at an irresistible duty free price of $55, this exquisite Champagne has become one of the world’s most loved drinks because of its affordable rate and fantastic taste. With its perfect balance of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, the Imperial Brut is characterised by a bright fruitiness and elegant maturity. The subtle pear, citrus and brioche notes of this spirit will linger delightfully on your palate long after you’ve savoured it.

Pre-order this Valentine’s Day classic at http://bit.ly/1BnrrTW

Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004

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The Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 is a touch of class that is perfect when you have decided to splurge on Valentine’s dinner. Striking a fine balance between fresh violets and delicate peaches, this Champagne has a sparkling bouquet that tickles the senses. The Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 is available at http://bit.ly/1Cy3rBC for only $171.

Taittinger Brut Prestige Rose

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The Taittinger Brut Prestige Rose is elegant, sharp and extremely fine. It contains aromas of raspberry, candied rose and sweet butter, with a deeper cherry pit quality in the background.  It offers juicy red fruit and tangerine flavours that become toastier and spicier with aeration. It is available at http://bit.ly/1LgTQTO at the attractive price of only $90. This intense cherry pink Champagne is the ideal drink to set the mood for a romantic night.

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc

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Golden yellow in colour, this classic champagne comes alive on your palate with clean and rich notes of brioche. This champagne is produced from a blend of 100% premiers crus Chardonnay grapes from the best of recent vintages. This beauty is available at http://bit.ly/1z2cPN5 for only $85. For a special Valentine’s Day evening this champagne is top in its class and the perfect accompaniment to a candle lit romantic dinner.

Mumm Cordon Rouge

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An evening with your loved one is incomplete without the Mumm Cordon Rouge. Its longing aging ensures a delicious mix of flavours of vanilla, roasted nuts and toast. The lightness of Chardonnay, fruitiness of Pinot Noir and roundness of Pinot Meunier makes for a very well balanced drink. Available at http://bit.ly/1y4ICZm for only $52, this is one of the best Champagnes to celebrate with.

Top Wines to gift during the festive season

Christmas is a time for festive cheer, involving celebrations with presents, Wine, delicious food and the warmth of get-togethers with family, friends and loved ones. It goes without saying that good food needs to be complemented with good Wine. Also a bottle of delicious red or white makes for a stunning Christmas gift. So if you’re travelling abroad or returning from overseas to Bangalore this Christmas, one of the best destinations where you can find a variety of choice Wines to gift wrap for your loved ones would be Bengaluru Duty Free.

Our duty free store has some of the finest French, Italian, Portuguese, British, Spanish, German, American, Chilean, Argentinian, South African and Australian Wines to whet your appetite. Our extensive collection might make you wonder which among these worthy spirits would make for the ideal Christmas gift. Let us put you at your ease with our below suggestions for the best Wines from Bengaluru Duty Free that you can gift wrap for Christmas without hesitation.

Krug Grande Cuvee

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Krug makes some of the finest Champagnes in the world, and the Grande Cuvee is a shining example of their craft. With its deep golden colour and vivacious bubbles, it embodies fullness and elegance. The aromas of the champage are those of flowers in bloom, ripe and dried fruit, marzipan, gingerbread and citrus fruits. These are balanced by flavours of hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar, jellied and citrus fruits, almonds, brioche and honey. This classic Wine contains a blend of more than 100 parcels of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot munier spanning eight to ten vintages.

The Krug Grande Cuvee can be purchased at Bengaluru Duty Free at the attractive price of $264. Visit http://goo.gl/1zG01L and pre-order one today.

Taittinger Comtes Blanc de Blanc 1998

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The Taittinger Comtes Blanc de Blanc is produced exclusively from the delicate pressing of expensive Chardonnay grapes grown to perfection in the vineyards of the communes of the Côte des Blancs, France. This superb Champagne is produced only in the years that are exceptional enough to declare a vintage and is appropriately presented in an antique bottle of 18th Century design. The rich flavours of ripe peach, pear, candied lemon, zest and fresh pineapple, along with smoked meat and Asian spices are discernible in the complex flavour of the Wine.

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 75cls is now available at Bangalore’s favourite duty free destination, Bengaluru Duty Free, for $250. Visit http://goo.gl/XHgjx3 to pre-order now!

Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose

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The Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose is one of the best-selling rosé Champagnes in the world. This Salmon-pink rosé Champagne is truly remarkable for its highly expressive bouquet, stemming from very careful preservation of fresh fruit aromas during the winemaking. This is a bright, fresh and intense Champagne with notes of raspberries, strawberries and black cherries.

The  75cls Gift Box edition of this remarkable Champagne is available at Bengaluru Duty Free at $100. Visit http://goo.gl/cWXoQf to pre-order.

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

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This is a non-vintage sparkling Wine from Champagne, France. The Wine shows a superb, golden yellow color with a beautiful luminosity and a fine and persistent mousse. The nose is clean and intense with warm, rich notes of brioche, French toast and roasted almonds. Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is produced from a blend of 100% premiers crus Chardonnay grapes from the best of recent vintages.

The 75cls edition of this fine spirit is available at Bengaluru Duty Free at the highly competitive price of $85. You can also pre-order it at http://goo.gl/mry4qL.

Moet Chandon NV Rose

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The legendary status of Moet is reaffirmed by this delicate and delicious Rosé. This Champagne is a blend of three Wine varieties, with an emphasis on Pinot Noir, signifying a fruity and daring character. The Champagne reveals intense aromas of fresh red summer berries (strawberry, raspberry and red currant) with floral notes (rose, hawthorn) and a light peppery touch.

Purchase the 75cls edition of the Moet Chandon NV Rose at Bengaluru Duty Free at the unbeatable price of $78. Visit http://goo.gl/nOjzRD to pre-order this delectable drink.

So now that you have some great Wine gifting ideas for Christmas, head over to Bengaluru Duty Free the next time you’re at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore, and try one or more of the above recommendations, as well as browse our extensive Wine collection. Browse our collection online at http://goo.gl/Q1nxSm