Yeah, we all know it: the world is going to hell in a handbasket, to quote my Cajun mother, and we are stuck on the ride. Whichever Presidential candidate gets elected, we will know more aggravation and trouble, American has willfully outgrown the conventions laid down in the Constitution, and we all have a sneaking suspicion, even if it’s not spoken aloud by everyone, that we are firmly screwed
Enter the tiny champagne bottle. Not the 750 milliliter bottle that you drink on your wedding anniversary, that ultimately goes flat overnight when you move on to more fun in the evening. No, I’m speaking of the 187 milliliter beauties that you may have forgotten about. Usually under $10, they will get you two flutes of champagne or sparkling wine, just enough to taste, not enough to make you pay for it the next morning.
Consider they malleability of the tiny champagne bottle (I use the word champagne here to denote any sparking, mouth-watering wine). She can grace the table of any wedding, corporate event or bridal shower, with balloons, perhaps, tied to her to bring some fun to the event. She can be one of many different types of mini-champagnes you bring to your next hen party, ready to “taste test” with the girls. She can be gifts you give to your dinner guests or bridesmaids, college professor or priest. She can be whipped out of a purse or back pocket, or hidden in your cape if you are a vampire, without anyone really knowing it’s there. Going to a picnic with your loving spouse, boyfriend or stalker? Well, one of these, chilled of course, will acknowledge your thoughtfulness and cleverness. Bring two or three…nobody’s counting.
And the variety! Veuve Clicquot is tasty and traditional, and will say to you and your guest that they are worth the effort to find the tiny version of the best-selling true French Champagne from Reims, founded in 1772 (Ben Franklin told me it was his favorite). Try some tiny Prosecco bottles, the crisp bubbly flavor will give you quick visions of bliss. There’s always the stand-by J Roget that is good, and did I mention that smiles produced after a sip of Champagne sparkle more because of the wonderful effervescence? And then there’s the new Francois Montand, with the fresh Chardonnay taste, with a hint of pear, utterly delicious and doubly impressive if you can pronounce it with a French accent.
No, the tiny champagne bottle can’t cure the world, can’t make us more loving (well, maybe it can) or get us back to the core values we’ve abandoned, but it can make the world more tolerable. Buying and sharing a bottle means you are considerate and thoughtful and who can’t use a bit of consideration and thoughtfulness in the midst of this crazy reality? It might just spurn you on to action to make some changes, you never know. CHEERS!
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