There’s nothing like a good-value sparkling wine to put a little bounce in your step this time of year. Who cares that there are no formal festivities in March—Achard-Vincent’s méthode traditionelle Clairette de Die is a bargain that justifies popping the cork on a Monday night. With refreshing citrus and a hint of honeysuckle on the nose followed by a delicious-with-anything palate, here’s a great way to add zest to a spur-of-the-moment weeknight meal.
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch