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Fave Champagne stopper?

#1 Post by Scott Brunson » October 12th, 2019, 3:32 am

One of ours died.
I think we've had threads on these ages ago, but does anyone have fresh recs?
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#2 Post by Victor Hong » October 12th, 2019, 3:59 am

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#3 Post by Kelly Walker » October 12th, 2019, 4:00 am

Monopole. German made. Never had a bottle it does not work on.
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#4 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » October 12th, 2019, 4:13 am

I like the le creuset and krug

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#5 Post by Keith A k e r s » October 12th, 2019, 6:29 am

I’ve really liked this one:


Fantes Champagne Stopper, Made in Italy ... ODb7M4TD7J



I’ve used this a lot and it keeps the fizz going very well for several days

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#6 Post by Steve Gautier » October 12th, 2019, 7:58 am

We use the one that Schramsberg sells and it works well.
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#7 Post by Kris Patten » October 12th, 2019, 8:58 am

Who has left over Champagne....
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#8 Post by Keith A k e r s » October 12th, 2019, 9:13 am

Kris Patten wrote:
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Who has left over Champagne....

For when you almost can’t finish the second bottle of course!

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#9 Post by Kris Patten » October 12th, 2019, 9:17 am

Well played Keith, although I usually find the open bottle on counter in morning while trying to fumble a nespresso pod into the machine.

On a serious note, I don't find much difference between a stopper overnight in fridge and an open bottle in fridge overnight if drank the next evening unless it's something really aged.
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#10 Post by Scott Brunson » October 12th, 2019, 9:26 am

Keith A k e r s wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 9:13 am
Kris Patten wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 8:58 am
Who has left over Champagne....

For when you almost can’t finish the second bottle of course!
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#11 Post by Neal.Mollen » October 12th, 2019, 9:28 am

Cant speak to this brand but the one I use looks like this and works great





EDIT: for some reason the image/link won't show (for me anyway) so this is the description which you can search on amazon

Champagne Sealer Stopper, BGMAX 3 Pack Stainless Steel Sparkling Wine Bottle Plug Sealer Set with a Longer Sealing Plug, Gifts Accessories for Champagne
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#12 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » October 12th, 2019, 9:37 am

My favorite is the one I find first rummaging through the basket of wine accessories. Honestly, I can't say I've ever noticed much difference among the 5-6 we have, which range in price from free at trade events, to very cheap purchases, to one that was a gift and almost certainly cost way too much.

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#13 Post by Jason T » October 12th, 2019, 10:10 am

I just re-cork it with whatever traditional wine cork I have laying around. Using this method I’ve always had bottles last up to two nights. I.e. open on Friday bottle is still sound on a Sunday. Never tried stretching it longer than that.
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#14 Post by M. Meer » October 12th, 2019, 10:30 am

We have not found a need for a specialized champagne stopper. Here's what we use for everything (and it may work even better with a champagne bottle because of the narrower opening).

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#15 Post by Neal.Mollen » October 12th, 2019, 10:45 am

Now I see the issue. Apparently my ad blocker makes it impossible to see links copied from amazon. That's a worthwhile trade off
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#16 Post by Warren Taranow » October 12th, 2019, 11:45 am

I love my Krug stopper.
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#17 Post by Robert M yers » October 12th, 2019, 11:52 am

Jason T wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 10:10 am
I just re-cork it with whatever traditional wine cork I have laying around. Using this method I’ve always had bottles last up to two nights. I.e. open on Friday bottle is still sound on a Sunday. Never tried stretching it longer than that.
We do this to. I can’t imagine anything else working better that I would pay for.

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#18 Post by Al Osterheld » October 12th, 2019, 12:22 pm

I have a few different stoppers, a couple like the one Neal posted and another (Rabbit) that you twist the top to expand the part that inserts into the bottle. Like Sarah, I find they all work roughly the same although I prefer the former clamp type.

At home, I get four glasses out of a 750ml of Champagne and the stoppers work well for my tastes. As far as bubbles, the effectiveness on the last day is more about the much larger volume of air than the extra day.

I have an acquaintance who loves Champagne, but the intensity of the bubbles is one of the most important aspects for her. So, she doesn't think the stoppers work well, at all, even if only a single glass was poured the previous day.

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#19 Post by Mark.Ricca » October 12th, 2019, 12:52 pm

This is the only style I've ever found to be worth anything:
http://www.everythingbutwine.com/Plasti ... ne-Stopper
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#20 Post by AD Northup » October 13th, 2019, 6:22 am

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
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I like the le creuset and krug
+1 on the Le creuset. Going on 7+ years strong with ours.
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#21 Post by M.Kaplan » October 13th, 2019, 7:24 am

Le Creuset doesn't fit Cristal bottles.
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#22 Post by Kris Patten » October 13th, 2019, 7:37 am

M.Kaplan wrote:
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Le Creuset doesn't fit Cristal bottles.
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#23 Post by Jim Stewart » October 26th, 2019, 3:06 pm

M. Meer wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 10:30 am
We have not found a need for a specialized champagne stopper. Here's what we use for everything (and it may work even better with a champagne bottle because of the narrower opening).

After letting go of my blind faith in the vacu-vin for still wines a while back, I went back to just re-corking. After breaking a few corks in my opening and re-opening (I lack a delicate touch), I decided to give these silicone stoppers from amazon a try based on this rec. So far so good on the still wines. I like them. Thank you for the tip.
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#24 Post by etomasi » October 26th, 2019, 3:30 pm

I tend to use this style for both sparklers and still wine.

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#25 Post by Dan Kravitz » October 26th, 2019, 3:46 pm

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#26 Post by Dan Kravitz » October 26th, 2019, 3:46 pm

Cheap too, and easily replaceable.

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#27 Post by Danius Barzdukas » October 26th, 2019, 4:23 pm

I usually use some plastic wrap and a rubber band. It seems to work.

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#28 Post by Dan Kravitz » October 26th, 2019, 5:50 pm

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#29 Post by Scott Brunson » October 26th, 2019, 6:34 pm

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#30 Post by Gary Schulte » October 26th, 2019, 7:51 pm

Metrokane. Not expensive and works like a champ for several days. Just purchased 2 more of them.

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#31 Post by Kevin Kitagawa » October 27th, 2019, 3:27 am



Not this exact one but I have ones just like it.

You're pumping air in but the pressure keeps it bubbly and the CO2 itself seems to help self preserve the champagne...or that's what I think it happening...It works surprisingly well over quite a number of days...

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#32 Post by Al Osterheld » October 27th, 2019, 5:53 am

The seal is great, pumping air into the bottle makes essentially no difference. Pumping CO2 would make a difference, but air is only 0.04% CO2. The dissolved CO2 and the CO2 in the headspace achieve equilibrium independent of the other gases.

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#34 Post by Dan Kravitz » October 27th, 2019, 6:07 pm

By the way, my recommendation is serious. I've used them for decades. So much better to have the stopper inside the bottle than on top. They may not work with all shapes of Champagne bottles, but if these cheap soda stoppers fit yours, your Champagne will retain fizz for a week or more.

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#35 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » October 28th, 2019, 2:03 am

Dan Kravitz wrote:
October 27th, 2019, 6:07 pm
By the way, my recommendation is serious. I've used them for decades. So much better to have the stopper inside the bottle than on top. They may not work with all shapes of Champagne bottles, but if these cheap soda stoppers fit yours, your Champagne will retain fizz for a week or more.

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We bought a bag of 100 of these for pennies on the piece and have one or two in every purse, wine tote and back pack, plus spread around the kitchen and a full box in the cellar. But I don't generally use them for champagne. Thanks, Dan - will have to try it.

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#36 Post by TimF » October 28th, 2019, 7:52 am

Kris Patten wrote:
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On a serious note, I don't find much difference between a stopper overnight in fridge and an open bottle in fridge overnight if drank the next evening unless it's something really aged.
This. I was sick of hearing the old wives tale about sticking the end of the spoon keeping it fresh overnight so I did a test. All half empty, all left in fridge overnight: 1) open bottle 2) end of spoon in bottle 3) resealed bottle with bottle cap. There was no difference. My theory is that there's enough space in a half empty bottle that there won't be enough pressure to keep any extra CO2 in suspension. I think you'd have to pump CO2 in, pressurize and reseal or else use one of those balloons that fills the empty space in order for it to matter at all.
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#37 Post by Al Osterheld » October 28th, 2019, 3:27 pm

Most Champagne has 4 to 6 atmospheres of dissolved CO2. If pour half then reseal with a stopper, at worst it would reduce to 2 to 3 atmospheres. The simple act of putting it in a cold refrigerator makes a big difference because CO2 is more soluble at colder temperatures.

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#38 Post by M. Meer » October 28th, 2019, 6:04 pm

Jim Stewart wrote:
October 26th, 2019, 3:06 pm
I decided to give these silicone stoppers from amazon a try based on this rec. So far so good on the still wines. I like them. Thank you for the tip.
I like that they're non-porous and easy to clean with no moving parts. They've lasted for a few years with no signs of degradation or wear.

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