The Gallery - Vintage

Back in 1999 Aaron went to work in France for 6 months, he returned on my 22nd birthday with a special birthday present for me,  I had my very own personalised bottle of champagne from Reimes, the Champagne region of France. It was in a lovely gift box and came with two gorgeous champagne glasses. It was a lovely present and I put it away safely in its box only to get it out to show it off to people every now and again!

I had it for several years before I even thought about drinking it, this wasn't a difficult thing to do as not only did I decide it had to be a very special occasion, I don't actually like champagne!   I will drink it at said special occasions but only if it is handed to me (well, it would be rude not to!)

In 2003 Aaron and I brought our first house together, the first plan was to drink it the day we moved in, except everything was randomly packed in boxes so we ordered pizza and drank beer.

We got engaged and didn't think about drinking it, we had an engagement party but as we were both drinking our preferred drinks and there were too many guests to be able to give everyone some it got left in its box again.

It was going to be opened on the eve of our wedding for me and my bridesmaids but they don't like champagne either, not only that I felt that Aaron should be there to share it. (he doesn't like it either so I wasn't going to let him get away with it!)

Over the years birthday, Christmases and other special events came and went and still my champagne sat in its posh box untouched. It became bit of a standing joke as to when it would be drunk. We took it on weekends away, to adult weekends with friends at Butlins, and to trips up on the family narrowboat with every intention of drinking it but every time we didn't get round to it, or the moment didn't seem to warrant opening this very special bottle so we carefully brought it back home again.

I got pregnant, and Aaron went out and brought a new bottle of champagne, well I couldn't drink now so it got saved again! Leo was born and it STILL didn't get opened!  Eventually the time came for us to pack up our belongings for our move to Cyprus, it got shipped along with everything else.

We kept it some more, now waiting for my parents to move over so we could drink it together... they got here in March and still we hadn't got round to it!

At the beginning of July, it was my friend Sam's birthday, she had a meal out planned for the day after but on the actual day we invited her round for a birthday tea party. I suddenly and decisively announced we should open the champagne, we had talked about this bottle for years and years and shipped it 3000miles across the world - it was bugging me now and it seemed like a good time to drink it.....

Except it wasn't - Aaron opened it and it did not smell good. My Dad, convinced it would be fine tasted it and almost spat it back into the glass. Turns out it was a good job that none of us actually like drinking the stuff as after all these years it looked and tasted so bad it went straight down the sink!

This week's Gallery theme is Vintage


  1. O what a shame! after all those years waiting!

  2. Great story, but this would never have happened in our house!! We love champagne!

  3. Oh dear! I still have mine from my wedding two years ago we were planning on drinking it on our 1st anniversary but forgot! I was going to leave it for our 25th!!!

  4. Sacrilege! Champagne down the sink, my heart is bleeding.
    Brilliant story though, it probably went off after all that time I would imagine. next time no excuses, open it up and pour it away :)

  5. thats hilarious! love the photos. X

  6. At least we did say 'Cheers' as it was poured down the sink!!!!

  7. Ha ha! It sounds like an experience I had a few years ago. We'd also been saving a bottle of champagne of ages as it was really expensive or something. When we did open it, it was gross so we had wine instead. Shame because unlike you I really do like champagne. 

  8. Oh no no no! I'm reading that going 'just drink the bloody stuff' and then that!


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  10. Oh no!! It probably did go off.

    At least you got a good story out of it!

  11. There is always that, I'd have never believed when I got it at 22 that I'd end up taking it to Cyprus!

  12. Yep, I blame hubby, he said it would only get better, I suppose he meant it would get better, as in we wouldn't have to drink it!

  13. Ah, I'd have been more upset in that case. It was actually really funny as it had turned into such a standing joke in our house. Probably better than taking a sip and saying 'yep still don't like champagne!'

  14. No, don't do it! Open it on a random weekday afternoon and drink it for the hell of it - that's what I should have done lol

  15. I suppose it made a good story - and has a good moral to it.... drink!


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