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There is a fundamental oenological theme that is all too often taken lightly: how to prolong the effervescence of the Champagne bubbles? To keep the magic alive, sparkling wines are sealed under pressure in their bottles.
In fact, as you might know, besides the normal oxidation process that begins as soon as a wine enters in contact with air – in which the wine loses first its aroma, and then its flavour – once your sparkling wine bottle has been opened, that pressure is lost, and the fizz that was created thanks (for Champagne) to the second fermentation in bottle (when yeast consumes sugars in grape juice to create alcohol and carbon dioxide gas or CO2), gradually fades.
So how can you keep them the sparkling freshness of Champagne and taste it fresh long after you have enjoyed the first glass?
The world of sparkling wine closures has lived and is still experiencing a period of great ferment with the advent of new solutions and “alternatives” to what for centuries was considered the only alternative to avoid losing the tiny bubbles that make your Champagne so delightful: finish the entire bottle in one go! Rather than dump them sadly in the sink, with some precautions you can prolong their life at least until the next day.
One immediate way that helps to keep the fizz is to properly cool the Champagne bottle inside an ice bucket or in your fridge to avoid exposure to warm air. Before doing that, it is important not to forget to put an airtight seal around the bottle. This will help to extend the life-span of your wine by one to two days. It is absolutely key that whatever the stopper you choose, it must be specifically designed for sparkling wine because a regular wine stopper will be popped out of the bottle by the bubbly gas itself.
In contrast to a wine stopper that has a vacuum pump, Champagne stoppers have a pressure pump or are equipped with a hermetic seal that resists pressure and holds the gas inside thanks to a mechanism that blocks them under the ring. Better, therefore, to choose a type that guarantees a firm grip on the neck of the bottle.
If you are concerned about which stopper to put on in order to smartly preserve the bubbles of your just opened sparkling wine, we have this covered for you with a thorough review of the best Champagne stoppers currently on the market.
There are various models that do their job more or less well, from a 10$ classic to an 80$ sommelier’s favorite. If you are on a budget, I recommend those with the wing mechanism, less conspicuous than others but with a particularly firm grip.
Pressurized keepers are more expensive but they seal in the sparkle and make sure you’ve got fizz for the next round.
Top 10 Best Champagne Stoppers 2021
Zzysh® Champagne is one example of this technique. It’s a Champagne Stopper with an airtight seal and clamp that acts as a preservation system featuring a technology that pressurizes the air in the sparkling wine bottle with a mixture of gas components, argon and carbon dioxide, along with an innovative sealing technology.
Higher priced than wine-saving pumps, but still not prohibitive (its around 30-40$). Bear in mind, though, to add the cost of the gas cartridges, on the one of any additional caps.
In fact, as the brand website states, the stopper works effectively only in combination with the Zzysh® Champagne Preserver that for around 70-90$ includes one Hand Piece, one Champagne Stopper, and one Champagne Cartridge. Each cartridge can be used up to four times on most kinds of Champagne and other sparkling wine bottles.
Be sure to hold on tight when unclamping, because this technology works, and the bottle will be full of pressure.
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Another way to keep your Champagne’s natural flavor and fizz longer is with Le Creuset Stopper that works by forming an airtight seal around the bottle, thus locking its bubbly content inside. Its captivating design is definitely eye-catching and the stopper feels robust and fits over the bottle with a reassuring click. Designed in France, this stopper features high-quality metal and uses a switch-style valve to lock in bubbles. The price is around 40 $.
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A cheaper alternative (around15$) is the one offered by VacuVin Champagne Saver & Server, a stopper that preserves the taste and bubbles of champagne by slowing down oxidation. It has a wing that swings down and clamps around the neck of the bottle, sealing the gasket in place and keeping the bubbles in the bottle where they belong. In addition, thanks to the 2-in-1 design, once the champagne saver is fixed on the bottle, it allows you to pour the wine without dripping.
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Innovatively designed to keep your bottle of champagne or sparkling wine fizzy for when you’re ready to resume celebration, this stopper is easy to use and saves you from unnecessary waste. The airtight cap with an integrated pressure pump surrounds the top of the bottle to lock in the carbon dioxide and preserve the taste and the fizz. Since it’s made out of both plastic material and stainless steel the price is around 15$. Once you’ve sealed it tightly, store the bottle in the refrigerator for no more than a day or two to ensure freshness.
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CapaBunga is an airtight, silicone cap that reseals an open bottle of wine. It has a high-quality silicone inner stopper, that tightly seals the bottle top. Designed by Vintners in Sonoma and Napa to resemble the bungs used to seal barrels at wineries, the reusable cap keeps air out and liquid in. In fact, you can even store the open bottle on its side or in the fridge door without any leaking.
Definitely, a money-saver as it costs only around 10$.
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Fante’s Aunt Vittorina’s Champagne stopper is sleek, easy-to-use, and functional. Not only does the stopper look great clamped to the top of a bottle, but it also helps preserve the quality of the sparkle for long-lasting flavor and aroma. The slide easily attaches to the top of the bottleneck and preserves bubbles.
Made in Italy by Ghidini, Europe’s premier corkscrew manufacturer it is a small, but a smart investment for 13$ that prolongs the life of your bubbly.
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If the bubbles are your favorite part of the Champagne, protect them with this bottle stopper that boasts a built-in pressure pump that avoids leaks and seals all the fizz in perfectly. Made of high-quality stainless steel + ABS, it clamps onto the top of your Champagne and creates an airtight seal that expands within to keep the gas intact therein. You can definitely invest a few dollars (price is around 11$) to keep your bubbles fresh for longer. Cool that you can hear the pop as soon as you release it.
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You will no longer worry about re-opening your bottle of champagne with this stopper’s easy to use pull and release system. Cuisinart is a brand reputable for its high-quality products including this champagne stopper that will keep your sparklers fresh for 3 days. Quite an honest claim! This Champagne stopper keeps the flavor and fizzle of your unfinished bottle with ease thanks to an airtight seal that is leak-proof and easily opens using one hand. Made of stainless steel, the stopper holds pressure in the bottle and it is quite durable. The brand actually gives you a lifetime warranty for this stopper.
Savour your bottle of bubblies for later even after they been opened with this stylish stopper designed in Canada. Probably the cheapest on the market (6$), this stopper won’t fly off and will
trap carbon dioxide prolonging the effervescence of the bubbles. Its convenient leak-proof design allows the bottle to lie in the fridge. It’s also one of the few stoppers that are dishwasher safe.
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Preserve your champagne for next time with this stainless Champagne stopper made in Italy which protects the fine stream of persistent bubbles of your bottle. Featuring a WAF patented seal and easy-to-use single-arm design, the stopper is air-tight, and once inserted, as pressure builds inside the bottle, the knob inside expands creating a ‘bubble-tight’ seal. Even if the bottle is stored horizontally, no damage will occur and the seal works the same. This stopper is also BPA and Phthalate Free and is priced around 23$.
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