The culture of wine has many customs on the correct way to enjoy wine, rooted in centuries of tradition, and perfected through trial and error. But, while some rules are made to be bent or broken, there are possibly only three things that should never be done with wine. Which in fact is a good thing since the main rule of wine is to be pleasurable.
The first law, Do Not Chill Red Wines. Red wines have a very high level of tannins in comparison to whites. Tannins are plant polyphenols found in grape skins and seeds. Red wines are usually fermented in contact with the skins in order to add color to the wine. Tannins also add firmness and dryness to a wine. On their own tannins are astringent and bitter but when used in wine making and in balance with fruit and acidity and alcohol it helps produce some really well structured and full bodied wines. When red wine is chilled the balance of the wine is thrown off and the tannins become much more pronounced, resulting in a very dry wine. While this does hold true most of the time, there is a gray area to this law as some reds, but not many, have very low levels of tannins and taste quite good chilled.
The second law, Do Not Send a Champagne Cork Flying. While it may seem festive it is best not to pop open a bottle of bubbly. The amount of pressure inside a champagne bottle is on average 70 to 90 pounds per square inch. To put that in perspective that is 2 to 3 times the pressure in your car’s tires. The cork for a bottle of bubbly is generally twice the weight of a regular cork and when popped can exceed 60 km/h. Bringing this physics lesson to a close one can see that a flying cork can inflict some serious hurt if it strikes some soft part of the body such as the eye. Also I have seen windows cracked and ceiling lights smashed. Not to mention the waste of champagne as some will inexorably always foam out. The proper way to open a bottle is to hold the cork in your left hand and rotate the bottle with your right hand until the cork gently pops in your hand with a delicate sigh.
The third law, Do Not Use a Champagne Bottle to Christen a Boat. Pretty straightforward as most privately owned boats are either fiberglass or wood. The smashing of a champagne bottle on the bow will most likely damage the boat. The thickness of the bottle is much greater in order to handle the stress of the pressure that is built up in it. Save the ceremony for Battleships and Aircraft Carriers as they are made out of steel.