Six twists of the metal tie, and then turn the bottle - not the cork. Not a 'pop' but a smoky sigh. Very satisfying!
The blend for these bellinis was Kaarina's concoction: 1 oz pear nectar + 1/4 oz triple sec + fill the champagne glass to the top with cava and garnish with a slice of pear.
I checked out some of Bellini's art and found Feast of the Gods. No saints, but plenty of revellers and a few pink-hued and contented nymphs.