Dom Perignon -- a vintage Champagne -- is named after a Benedictine monk who made important advances in the production methods and overall quality of sparkling wine. When serving Dom Perignon, either for just the two of you or a room full of party-goers, it's important to know the best way to open the bottle, the proper serving temperature and which glasses you should pour it into to get that sparkling effect.
Chill the bottle of Dom Perignon in the refrigerator for at least two hours prior to serving. The optimal temperature for chilled Champagne is 45 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't have two hours to spare, place the bottle in an ice bucket and fill it with equal parts of water and ice. Add a handful of salt to the top and chill for 10 to 15 minutes.
Strip away the foil covering from the top of the bottle of Dom Perignon. Place the palm of your hand on top of the cork, twist the wire cage covering the cork with your other hand and remove. Keep the bottle upright on the counter and twist the cork and the bottle in different directions with your hands as you slowly ease the cork out of the bottle opening. Eventually you will hear a slight "pop" and you will be able to pull the cork free.
Place Champagne flutes on the counter or table for serving. Announce the Champagne to your guests -- or significant other-- by saying, "A bottle of 1998 Dom Perignon." Place the thumb of your dominant hand inside the indentation or punt on the bottom of the bottle. Support the Champagne bottle by cupping your hand and fingers underneath the bottle.
Pour a small amount of Dom Perignon into the bottom portion of each Champagne flute to allow the bubbles to subside. Top off each Champagne flute with Dom Perignon no more than two-thirds full.
Place the Dom Perignon in an ice bucket to chill until someone needs another glass.
Take your time when opening the bottle. The cork will eventually come loose.
You may need to use a cloth to help you get a grip on the cork when you are trying to loosen it.
Don't ever point a Champagne bottle at anyone while you are trying to open it. The cork can fly off and hit them and the Champagne can spew everywhere.