Celebrate with our favourite champagnes

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.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Friday Drinks - 01 title

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.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Friday Drinks - Champagne corks

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:

Beth from @BabyMacBeth – “It would have to be Nicolas Feuillatte or Pol Roger… I’m not fussy!”

Sonia @SoniaStyling – says “Mumm. We took a tour of their caves while on honeymoon in Paris. I’ve got a bottle chilled and ready for Christmas morning.”

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!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Friday Drinks - 1 our friends' faves

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:

St Peter:

“I like the Josef Chromy pink. It’s not too dry and not too sweet. Or the Printhie Swift sparkling Cuvee.”

Mr & Mrs Romance - Friday Drinks - 2.1 Peter's choices


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.

St Andrew:

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.

“For real Champagne, my favourite is Vueve Clicquot of course, and you can’t go past, Bollinger; though the Mumm Cordon Rouge is very good if you want French Champagne.”

Mr & Mrs Romance - Friday Drinks - 2.2 Andrew's choices

St Paul:

“Not much can beat the Dom Perignon 2004 I had yesterday but you should try, Mumm and Pol Roger; and Laurent Perrier, which is a bit of a favourite of ours.”

Mr & Mrs Romance - Friday Drinks - 3 Paul's choices

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!

Images and collages by Mr Romance.


  • Reply December 27, 2013


    I keep the corks too!

    • Reply December 28, 2013

      Mr Romance

      It’s a great thing to do, isn’t it Caroline? We’ve started writing the dates on them now too. We’ve got quite a few and it’s nice to look back on them and remember what we were celebrating!

  • Reply December 29, 2013

    Sonia from Sonia Styling

    Such a lovely idea to keep the corks of special moment bottles. Thanks for including my tweet! I managed to enjoy that bottle of Mumm AND a bottle of Veuve on Christmas Day thanks to my gorgeous husband.

    • Reply January 3, 2014

      Mr Romance

      Very nice, Sonia! Both a very nice drop. Did you keep the corks from them?

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