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

This competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who has taken part – all of your entries were lovely to read. It made it very hard to choose a winner.

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

This competition is now closed – congratulations Leanne!

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.

This competition is now closed – congratulations Leanne!


  • August 10, 2017


    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 :))

  • August 10, 2017

    Nicola Busch

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

  • August 10, 2017


    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.

  • August 10, 2017


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

  • August 10, 2017

    Marco Pham

    To celebrate love

  • August 10, 2017


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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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 😀

  • 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!

  • August 10, 2017

    George Farago

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

  • August 10, 2017

    Laura 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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! ???????

  • August 10, 2017


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

  • 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!

  • August 10, 2017

    Dale "Champagne" Newton

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

  • August 11, 2017


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

  • 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.

  • August 11, 2017


    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!

  • August 12, 2017


    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. ??

  • August 13, 2017


    Celebrating a job promotion or a new job!

  • August 14, 2017

    Hannah Rose

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

  • August 17, 2017

    Gail smith

    Having a glass of champagne reminds me of special and exciting times in my life like getting married and the birth of my children. My favourite reason to enjoy a glass is to relive those happy memories as I ‘cheers’ with my husband on our anniversary!

  • August 18, 2017

    Bella Ri

    After a long day at work, there is nothing better than to turn on the tap to a hot bath and a glass of champagne to relax away!

  • August 19, 2017

    Sarah Edwards

    As Charles Dickens said, “Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life”. Thus, I must live a very elegant life! Drinking champagne goes hand in hand with special occasions such as births, weddings and graduations. All very momentous occasions in one’s life that makes us exuberate happiness. But for me the best reason for drinking the most spectacular drink in the world is the beautiful every day moments in life. A gorgeous Sunday picnic or waiting at the airport! Spending these small moments drinking champagne brings me so much happiness, to what would otherwise be very ordinary!

  • August 19, 2017

    Leanne Andrews

    Champagne with Tina Arena is the best way to break those chains of everyday life! As Oscar Wilde said “Only the unimaginative can fail to find a reason to drink champagne!” so I follow his sage advice and toast to all life’s moments.
    If I won this incredible prize, I would share this momentous evening with my bestie as we are Tina’s biggest fans!

  • August 19, 2017


    I drink champagne to forget!

  • August 19, 2017

    Paul W

    Weddings, parties, anything! Why shouldn’t every celebration feature champagne?

  • August 20, 2017


    I associate Champagne with my friends. We’ve celebrated our highs, and lifted our lows, with bubbly. We are all time poor, so when we finally do get together, sharing a bottle of Champagne makes the occasion even more special.

  • August 21, 2017


    I love drinking champagne with my friends simply because I can. An absolutely delicious way to celebrate being alive and enjoying life to the hilt! Thanks

  • August 21, 2017


    My reason is on a day like today, my mother’s birthday. Sadly she passed when I was a young girl so sitting down, turning on Tina Arena’s heaven help my heart (we played it at her funeral) and toasting what a wonderful woman she was and how much she is loved and missed.

  • August 21, 2017

    Jared Giesige

    A good reason for Champagne is for a special occasion. My mum keeps the corks as a memento and writes what the date or event was.

  • August 21, 2017


    when Lady Luck pops up, when someone pops the question, when friends pop in and even when a loved one pops off – for creating happy occasions and for remembering them

  • August 21, 2017

    Sophie O

    “Pop” and we are off on the first glass of Lanson Champagne. The first sip is sparkly and fizzy! We are celebrating Christmas so we “ching ching” our glasses together. The best time to enjoy a glass of Lanson is at our Christmas Champagne Breakfast. We errupt into giggles at our enthusiasm for celebrating the festive season and turn up the music of Tina Arena’s Christmas album: The Things We Do EP. Champagne makes us happy. Champagne makes us laugh. Lanson Champagne is a tool we use to enhance our celebrations at Christmas. Tina Arena’s Christmas album sets a wonderful mood. Dad loves her music. Tina is one of the finest singers he says.

  • August 21, 2017

    Nat Hallett

    Champagne is the perfect romantic suggestion. ….. so bottoms up …… I’m “fizzically” ready for someone to pop the question!

  • August 21, 2017


    Champagne is THE best way to celebrate a special occasion, and it is always fun popping the cork!

  • August 21, 2017


    My favorite reason for enjoying a glass of delicious Champagne is when my friends and family with me celebrating my birthday

  • August 21, 2017

    Stefany tiong

    Meeting my hubby for the first time 10 years ago,
    Feeling my heartbeat “pop” like crazy,
    Seeing the sparkle in his eyes,
    The feeling of warmth and effervescence afterwards.

    Everyday is worth toasting to,
    Like champagne, love lingers beautiful long after a first sip.
    Coco Chanel has definitely got it right – more so if we were enjoying it at a Tina Arena concert!

  • August 21, 2017

    Liz C

    Just because, celebrating being together and smiling through gratitude of great days.