When Thomas Paine declared, “These are the times that try men’s souls,” he wasn’t talking about the American economy but the American Revolution. It was Christmas 1776 when he published that resonant phrase, said to give courage to the embattled troops. In a similar spirit, this holiday season, I’ve been thinking about what sort of wine might lend my friends consolation, if not courage, in these uncertain economic times.
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The obvious answer might seem to be “Cheap wine, and lots of it,” but my inclination is actually the opposite: I’d rather buy the best wine I can, even if it’s just a single bottle, and share it with my friends. I’m not talking about a first-growth Bordeaux or a grand cru Burgundy; those are wines I couldn’t afford even when times weren’t so tough. I’m thinking about Champagne.