The degrees of gracious living are debatable.
One may argue that the Cadillac is a finer motorcar than the Rolls-Royce, that mink is mote distinguished than sables, or diamonds smarter than emeralds, or pate de foie gras mote elegant than caviar. But no one argues much about Champagne. No one will seriously contend that it has peers among wines. French wines are the greatest of all wines, and Champagne is the greatest of the greatest...
Champagne is also democratic in its affinities with food
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