There is an Old Wives' Tale
that an opened bottle of champagne
( or indeed any sparkling wine
) can be made to hold its fizz
longer if it is placed in the refrigerator
with a spoon balanced on it so that the handle of the spoon
extends down into the neck
of the bottle.
Despite this fairly obviously being utter rubbish
this is a remarkably persistent urban fable
and having tired of voicing my skepticism
in the face of pouty belligerence
from people who insist that it must be true because their mother used to do it
and who apparently havent realised as most people do at about age 5 that sometimes parents can be wrong
, I have decided to settle the question once and for all....
February 27, 2003 02:20 PM
Purchased from Elsternwick Liquor Express
3 bottles of MichinBury
White Seal 'Private Cuvee
' at AU$6.99 each
February 27, 2003 03:00 PM
Opened two of the bottles within 10 seconds of each other.
Poured out exactly 1 glass from each.
Placed a spoon
as described above on one
of the bottles.
Placed bottles ( including the unopened 'control
' bottle ) into the fridge door.
Sampled poured glasses... Terrible.
February 28, 2003 08:00 PM
Opened remaining bottle.
Poured a glass from each bottle and randomly marked glasses 'A','B' & 'C'
Called in flatmate
and asked her to rate glasses in order of fizziness
Repeated for other 2 flatmates
Not surprisingly all the subjects identified the newly opened bottle as the fizziest. This was just a control
to ensure that a detectable loss of fizziness had occurred in the other bottles.
Each subject said the other two glasses were very similar, but surprisingly
when pressed to choose, all three chose the glass that had been filled from the bottle with the spoon
as the fizzier of the two.
The results seem to indicate a very slight
but nevertheless detectable
The results may have been affected by the position of the bottles in the fridge door - the non-spoon
bottle was placed further from the hinge and thus may have been shaken
slightly more each time the door was opened and shut. I had meant to rotate the position of the bottles regularly but I was just to damn lazy
More experimentation is needed to confirm this result, however these particular results seem to support the thesis.
has been replaced by gleeful indignation