HAPPY TIMES! Champagne (that's real champagne - not the sparklers known as cava, prosecco, cremant, sekt, etc.) is cheaper than at any other time in my life.
Why was it so expensive? Not to complicate things: labour-intensive and time-consuming manufacturing procedures.
Was real champagne worth it? Up to you, but the French think so. When, decades ago, some Spanish vineyards sold "Spanish Champagne" the French sued, causing them to desist. Now, if it says "champagne" on the bottle it's been made in eastern France, near the city of Reims, by the traditional method (méthode champenoise).
Let's talk prices. Until fairly recently the lowest going price was about £25 (US: approx $40) a bottle. The big names (Mumm, Pol Roger, Heidsieck, etc) still charge this but may be disposed to deal a bit. What's changed significantly, in the UK at least, is the emergence of smaller, but legitimate, brands going at £10 a pop. (Thanks to Aldi, the German supermarket chain, who led the charge - see pic.)
Is it OK? Who'd ever believe me? But now you can afford to make up your own mind.
Hardline Hope, a novel (6665 words)
(Gayle said) But before that something personal. Your glasses.”
Lindsay sighed. “My glasses. Ah yes.”
“I take it you’ve been asked before.”
“More than once.”
Gayle looked serious. “Do you mind? Do you know what I’m going to say?”
“More or less. I assume you’re as blind as a bat. I assume you wear contacts and hate ‘em. And for two reasons. First because you always know they’re there. Second because you’re ashamed of being a wuss about wearing contacts.”
“I’ll give yew this, Lindsay. You talk straight.”
Note. TD will now be unproductive for a week or so.