Over one million bottles of prosecco will be wasted this festive season

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
Are you guilty of spilling pricey bubbles at Christmas? [Photo: Getty]

Despite the nation’s love of bubbly, experts at ASDA have warned that 1.5 million bottles of prosecco are set to be wasted this Christmas.

But why, we hear you cry?

According to the supermarket chain, customers are losing out on pricey bubbles as a consequence to ‘incorrect pouring methods’ with 40 percent of us allowing the prosecco to spill over the tops of glasses.

Over one million bottles of prosecco go to waste at Christmas (sob) [Photo: Getty]

While those aged between 18-24 are to blame for spillage too, as a quarter of Brits admitted to spilling bubbly while dancing.

But no need to panic, as Asda drinks expert Alex Kennedy is on hand to offer top tips on everything from popping festive fizz to twerking with a glass to hand.

Opening the bottle

Kennedy recommends holding the bottle at a 45-degree angle before loosening the cage around the cork (which should take approximately six turns). But make sure to keep your thumb on the top of the cork to prevent the fizz from overflowing.

Keep the prosecco pop under control

To prevent losing out on precious bubbles, twist the bottle not the cork.

Kennedy adds: “Make sure you control it so it pops quietly, remember, you’re not in the Grand Prix.”

Pour like a pro

Tilt glasses at a 45-degree angle when pouring to prevent any unwanted spillage then pour the bubbly down the side of the flute.

How to store bubbly ahead of Christmas

Prosecco can pop on its own accord so to prevent this from happening, Kennedy recommends storing the beverage in a ‘cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and vibrations’.

Make sure the fizz is fridge-cold but not frozen. Kennedy warns: “Any freezing may cause the cork to explode or the glass to shatter.”

And if you cannot wait to dance this Christmas, Kennedy simply recommends ‘putting down the prosecco before attempting to twerk – or stick to a box step to stop spills.’


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