There aren’t many times I can think of where Mrs Romance hasn’t wanted a glass of champagne. Maybe when she’s asleep? No, not even then.
Mrs R, like everyone else I suppose, associates champagne with celebrations and good times. That’s why it’s such a happy drink. Mrs R even has a special tradition she picked up from when she lived in Paris.
Every time old friends open a bottle of champagne, one friend keeps the cork, the other keeps the cage. Whenever those friends get together again, if one of them doesn’t have their component of the previous bottle, it’s their turn to buy the next bottle.
Here’s Mrs Romance’s champagne tradition in a bit more detail.
We also keep the corks from all our best moments.
There aren’t that many drinkers who don’t have an opinion on a glass of bubbly.
We asked our friends on Twitter what sparkly they liked – we got some great answers – here are some of them:
Vanessa from @26YearsCounting – ” Naturally one I found once and haven’t been able to find since! Rising Blue lightly sparkling Marlborough Sauv Blanc.”
Sadly we couldn’t find it either, Vanessa. Not even a picture of it. We’ll still keep hunting though!
These are all great tips and we can’t wait to try them out – especially the elusive Rising Blue Sauv Blanc.
We also asked our oracles of the heavenly body and bouquet, the Wine Saints for their top tips. Here’s what they’ve got to say:
“I like the Josef Chromy pink. It’s not too dry and not too sweet. Or the Printhie Swift sparkling Cuvee.”
The Swift was voted in the top ten sparkling wines and champagnes of 2013 by The Sydney Morning Herald – above Chandon in fact! It’s a great winery – here’s our review of Printhie Swift Winery.
Being a New Zealander, Andrew has a lot of experience in the wines of the Long White Cloud. His favourites are:
“Cloudy Bay Pelorus (absolutely excellent and a bargain at under $30), the Daniel le Brun brut is very good indeed but not avail in Australia. The Deutz Sparkling is also good value for money and punches well above its weight.
All great tips for seeing in the New Year if you ask me! We’ll certainly be popping a cork or two!
Got any top fizzy tipple tips? Tell us in the comments!