The best time to drink Champagne

Coco Chanel once said “I only drink champagne on two occasions: when I’m in love and when I’m not.” I love this quote, but when else is the best time to drink Champagne – and how do you do it?

When we first met, Mrs Romance and I had a little tradition whenever we shared a bottle of bubbly.

One of us would keep the metal cage – the muselet – and the other would keep the cork itself. The next time we’d see each other again, the person who didn’t have their component has to buy the next bottle.

With me living in England and her being in Australia, we had lots of these fun little things we’d do to celebrate being together.

These days it always seems to be my round 😉 so we keep only the corks from celebrations or our favourite moments instead. On the cork, we write the date of when we popped it and keep it somewhere safe.

Lanson Champagne - Tina Arena - Mr & Mrs Romance

We’ve got corks from all kinds of special times: birthdays, anniversaries, New Year’s Eve parties, general life wins… that’s exactly when you want to be drinking a beautiful bottle of Champagne.

Lanson – one of the oldest existing Champagne Houses – has been around for almost 260 years and knows what it means to mark a special occasion.

Tina Arena concert prize giveaway

Lanson are the Champagne partner of Tina Arena’s September-October ’17 Australian tour ‘Innocence to Understanding’, and they want to make this tour an extra special occasion for one of our lucky readers and a friend.

The prize

  • A pair of VIP RUBY Package A-Reserve (seated) tickets to Tina Arena’s 2017 ‘Innocence to Understanding’ national concert tour – Sep 6 to Oct 6
  • Choice of venue closest to winner – Tina is playing all state capitals plus Toowoomba QLD, Newcastle/Wollongong NSW, Bendigo/Geelong VIC and Launceston TAS
  • Each ticket is worth $500 / $1,000 per pair
  • Pre-concert VIP drinks party with Tina, where she will do an intimate Q&A with guests
  • An exclusive piece of merchandise, tour program, collector’s edition lanyard and tour poster
  • Bottle of Lanson Rose Label NV Brut Rosé

The competition – how to enter

All you have to do is:

  1. subscribe to our newsletter here.
  2. leave a comment on this post with your favourite reason for enjoying a glass of delicious Champagne.

We’ll be in touch with the winner on Tuesday 22 August ’17 and will announce the winner to everyone in our newsletter later that week. Good luck!

About Lanson

One of the oldest existing Champagne houses, the House of Lanson is a highly regarded, family-run estate and whose family has been crafting champagne since 1760.

Their master winemakers continue to use traditional methods and the Champagne the comes from the House of Lanson is – as you’d expect – predominantly a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape balance.

Their range of champagnes is so diverse, they’ve made sure there’s a bottle of Lanson for every occasion.

Lanson Champagne - Tina Arena - Mr & Mrs Romance

Lanson Rose Label NV Brut Rosé

As part of your prize, this pink Champagne is the perfect way to start an evening at Tina Arena’s Innocence to Understanding Tour. It has a delicate blush and fine, fresh flavours, but is complex and has a long-lasting taste.

This – one of the first rosé Champagnes – goes well with goat’s cheese, salmon or even a fresh, berry dessert.

Shop it: $65.99 from Dan Murphy’s

Lanson Black Label NV Brut

Straw and ambers colours give way to fine bubbles in this embodiment of Lanson non-vintage brut Champagne. Perfect as an aperitif, the Black Label NV is shares elegance of fresh flowers and honey aromas with rich ripe fruits and sharp citrus flavours.

Shop it: $49.99 from Dan Murphy’s

Lanson Gold Label Vintage 2005

A princely Champagne with a legacy of over 100 years of vintages, this really is a cut above most Champagnes. It has a robust yet sensitive palate of honey and gentle spiciness. On the nose, there’s plenty of ripe fruit – figs and apricots – and the silky full-bodied mouth feel gives way to exquisitely small bubbles. The word used with this Champagne is harmony.

Very drinkable on its own, but also pairs well with rich, opulent dishes like fresh truffle and spiced lobster gratin.

Shop it: $72.99 from Dan Murphy’s

Good luck with your entry into our competition – now tell us, what’s your favourite reason for enjoying a glass of delicious Champagne?

This is a game of skill. We will judge all entries on their creativity. Please make sure you include your email address when filling in the commenting system, so that you are eligible to enter and I can contact you. This prize is not able to be exchanged for cash. The giveaway is open to Australian residents over 18 years of age. It commences on Thursday 10 August 2017 and closes on Monday 21 August 2017. The winner will be decided on Tuesday 22 August 2017 and then contacted via email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours to my email, another winner will be chosen. By entering this competition, entrants accept that I will email the winner with the email provided and publish their name on this blog post and in our weekly newsletter.

24 Comments

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Mark

    My favourite reason at the moment would be being at an intimate pre-concert drinks party for Tina Arena with my wife what could be better? 🙂
    (While that’s tongue in cheek Tina really is one of the best singer songwriters ever and, even better, seems like a beautiful person :))

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Nicola Busch

    I love a glass of champagne with a piece of cake! There is nothing better.

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Kevin

    My favourite reason for celebrating with a glass of champagne is to celebrate the victories in our life. Whether it’s big or small, each victory is worth celebrating. It may be something small such as getting good feedback from work/manager to something like getting a bonus, all these victories matter.

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    anna

    A little bit of indulgence to end a day and make for a perfect night.

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Marco Pham

    To celebrate love

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Ryan

    To celebrate anything! Or just to help wash down my chicken breakfast.

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Jade O

    The house is clean, the family are in bed by 7 and you can rug up on the couch with a glass of champagne and some bad reality TV!

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Peter Tran

    I’m a 32 year old full time worker still trying to complete his phd (after 7 years!). Due to recent changes in policy, the University of Melbourne will terminate my candidature unless it is completed by Feb 2018. And so for me, the best time to drink champagne is when I am working on my thesis. As they say “A little bit goes a long way” and a glass or two of sparkling brut really helps to get the creative juices flowing!

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Shaun Madden

    When its Friday night and we have had a massive work week and just put the baby to bed its time to pop the cork and celebrate 😀

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Kellie Bright

    Is “Friday” a valid reason?! Life’s too short to save Champagne for special occasions. Let’s laugh, drink and be merry as often as we can!

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    George Farago

    Our favourite reason for enjoying a glass of delicious Champagne is being alive and in love

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Leanne A

    Champagne is a happy drink and perfect for surprises! I have loved Tina Arena since forever and would love to toast my best friend with a glass of Lanson and surprise her with these tickets – Tina’s show is even the day after her birthday. Another beautiful reason to drink champagne!

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Robyn Tilley

    Firstly, truly amazing package. Celebrations and special occasions, when romance is in the air, an engagement, a wedding and when love and romance has really done it’s job , a toast to an added bundle of joy. Too many wonderful reasons to enjoy a glass of bubbly.

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Julian Kiraga

    (R)evealing my reason; it’s ‘romantic’, rich in taste
    (O)btaining every drop without waste
    (M)eaningful toast for a heartfelt celebration
    (A)n unforgettable drink with national treasure TINA who has always provided motivation
    (N)ever having to forget this dream come true moment with a bottle of ‘Lanson Rose Label NV Brute Rosé’
    (C)harming champagne which can be enjoyed without delay
    (E)njoying the taste and associated memory every day!

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    George Kellis

    Delightfully delicious, exhilaratingly enchanting, showcasing, style, sophistication and charm; champagne is most enjoyable for magical, memorable moments and seriously special occasions – like ‘toasting’ with Tina! ???????

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Jojo

    Love to start my day with a smile and finish with a glass of Champagne!

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Jason W

    Snuggled up with my love beside a crackling fire,
    treasuring these moments that can truly inspire,
    hand in hand we whisper and share a knowing glance,
    the kids are with grandma this might be our only chance,
    so we turn up Tina Arena’s tunes and cheer, celebrate and dance,
    like no one is watching, we jump and jive and prance,
    Romance? Sure, it would be nice, but it will have to keep,
    ‘cos the only thing we have in mind is we’ll finally get some sleep!
    First though, we’ll crack open delicious Lanson Gold Champagne,
    thankful for the brief time we get to spend like we’re childless again!

  • Reply August 10, 2017

    Dale "Champagne" Newton

    MELBOURNE CUP! Gotta love a bottle of “giggle juice” at the races! Cheers!

  • Reply August 11, 2017

    Rennie

    I savour the moment I enjoy a glass as it always feels so very special.Life is there to be lived

  • Reply August 11, 2017

    Rowan Barber

    Celebrating life special moments, a family dinner, a romantic weekend away, a great week a work, because its Wednesday 🙂 But seriously life moments with or without champagne are still special, champagne just magnifys those already special moments.

  • Reply August 11, 2017

    Caroline

    My favourite reason for enjoying a delicious glass of champagne is to celebrate a milestone! You know that we are celebrating something big when the champagne bottle comes out!

  • Reply August 12, 2017

    Jo

    A bottle of bubbly, my husband and I,
    It was the most romantic day of my life, the memory makes me cry.
    Both happy and sad tears, he was the love of my life,
    I’m ever so proud to have been his wife.
    He’s since passed on, but yet he’s still here..
    Each time I open a bottle of champagne, I can feel him near. ??

  • Reply August 13, 2017

    Amanda

    Celebrating a job promotion or a new job!

  • Reply August 14, 2017

    Hannah Rose

    We just bought our first house so there was plenty of champagne to celebrate.

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