Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, or "Vinny" for short. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette. I hope you find my answers educational and even amusing. Looking for a particular answer? Check my archive and my FAQs.
Dear Dr. Vinny,
Is it bad etiquette to invert a consumed, empty bottle of Champagne in an ice bucket? I am told that it should never be done. Please clarify.
Yes, it’s considered rude to invert an empty bottle of sparkling wine in an ice bucket. There’s no particular reason other than that it’s just seen as improper. After all, we don’t flip over our dinner plates or upend our wine glasses when we’re finished.
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