Restore Champagne Carbonation With A Raisin

Restore Champagne Carbonation With A Raisin

Bubbly gone a little flat? Real Simple recommends dropping a raisin into a bottle of champagne that has lost its effervescence, and letting it sit for a couple of minutes before pouring. The last gasps of carbon dioxide left in the wine will stick to the raisin’s ridged surface and release themselves as bubbles.

This trick won’t work with a bottle that’s been resting in your fridge for a month, but if you’re at the end of a dinner party you might get a little more mileage out of your sparkling wine this way.

Raisin as Champagne Restorer [Real Simple]


  • …making the champagne even more flat. People don’t drink champagne for the *appearance* of bubbles, and even if they did, I’m sure they would rather less bubbles than what appears to be a small amount of bubbling faeces in their drink. This article makes Zero sense.

  • Or you could put a spoon in the top of the bottle – preferably a tiramisu spoon (long handle). Not sure why this helps, but it seems to maintain sparkles for about 24 hours.

    • From New Scientist:

      “Q.Champagne will keep its fizz if a spoon is suspended in the neck of the bottle as long as the spoon does not touch the liquid. Why is this?
      A. Variants of this question have been sent in many times over the years but we have never published them because the idea that a spoon (or, as sometimes suggested, a silver spoon) could stop champagne from going flat just did not seem sensible.

      But not wishing to seem narrow-minded, we tried a quick test one day. To our astonishment, we found that a half-full bottle of champagne left in the office fridge with a teaspoon slipped into its neck easily kept its fizz for 12 hours and was still sparkling after 24 hours.

      Had we discovered a new principle of physics? Sadly not. All we had discovered was the old principle of how easy it is to be misled by uncontrolled experiments. When we repeated the experiment more carefully, asking people to blind taste champagne which had been opened and stored either with or without a suspended spoon and rate the fizz against freshly opened champagne on a scale of 0 to 100, the spoon was found to have no effect at all. An opened bottle of champagne just keeps much longer than most people think it will. As the graph shows, both opened bottles decreased in fizz at exactly the same rate and were not rated as totally flat until approximately 96 hours after opening! As few people will regularly have two bottles of champagne open at the same time, if you have stored yours with a suspended spoon, you’ll probably attribute its unexpected longevity to the spoon.

      It’s not uncommon to attach significance to apparently linked events when they are rare and there is no control data. Every day, you’ll hear people say: “How amazing, I was just thinking of you and then the phone rang and it was you…” Although we’d all like to be telepathically connected to our friends, what you never remember, of course, is the number of times the phone did not ring.”

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