Three Champagne keepers

Why would you want to keep an opened bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine? As ridiculous as it may sound, a lot of people do.

Opened bottles of fizz keep remarkably well for days, even weeks, as long as you keep the gas in, with a good stopper.

After many years of experience keeping opened bottles of the best fizz after tastings for later enjoyment, I’ve come to a few conclusions. Firstly, those gadgets that clamp the neck of the bottle and rely on an internal spring applying pressure to a padded disc, are not very reliable. The spring often plays up, the padded disc skews, the seal is broken and the gas escapes. Result: flat fizz.

Second observation: opened bottles of fizz keep remarkably well for days, even weeks, as long as you keep the gas in, with a good stopper. Refrigeration is also recommended.

Below are the three best keepers I’ve found.

There is a fourth, a small cylinder that sits on the neck like a screw-cap, and you turn it to tighten it. I got some at Moët & Chandon in Champagne years ago, which worked very well, but I’ve gradually lost them and haven’t been able to replace them*.

Champagne keeper 1

This is made by the Screwpull folk who produce corkscrews and other wine accessories. It is a clamp, but a far more reliable clamp than the above-mentioned type, as it doesn’t have a spring. It’s solidly built, of what appears to be cast aluminium alloy, and is hard-wearing and satisfyingly weighty.

I see Le Creuset has a very similar one, which is AUD $55.95 from Kitchen Warehouse. Not cheap, but it’ll probably last forever.

Champagne keeper 2

This is a lighter, simpler clamp style, no doubt much cheaper to make, and like the Screwpull, works without a spring. It’s idiot-proof and reliable.

Costs AUD $3.75 at Barware. Chrome versions look smarter and cost AUD $19.95.

 

Champagne keeper 3

This is my favourite, as it’s light, simple, cheaply made and looks nice, is all plastic and ultra-reliable. Sadly, I’ve never seen it in a shop*. Yes, it would break quite easily, as it’s not very strong, but I’ve been using them for years and have never broken one.

*If you know where these stoppers can be purchased, please leave a comment below.

One thought on “Three Champagne keepers”

  1. italienische weine kaufen says:

    Champagne keeper must be manufactured in such where it is lighter, easy to handle, reliable and cheaper as it looks. It helps to pull up the champagne bottle cover cap much easily and without any efforts and it also should be made of safe metal and material.

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