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Wednesday, May 07, 2003
A delicious test of elite opinion. French wines are seeing a 30% drop in sales from a boycott by "core [American] wine drinkers" provoked by Chirac's opposition to the Iraq invasion. Along with a rising Euro, French wines are becoming increasingly pricey and downright gauche.

Meanwhile, Charles Shaw's $1.99 red wine (sold by the case at Trader Joe's) is a surprisingly popular Yankee alternative. Also known as "Two Buck Chuck," even my close friend of Provencal French extraction prefers it over everything save Carlo Rossi (don't ask me). It's a strong, deep red with huckleberry undertones, so I recommend rare lamb or a heavily spiced chicken or fish stew (such as a curry).