Staying Home: Drinking Takeout Champagne
Senior editor James Molesworth is based in New York.

Staying Home: Drinking Takeout Champagne

Our editors share the memorable wine moments, such as supporting a local wine bar, that are helping brighten dark times

Mar 26, 2020

These are difficult times. People are anxious, tense and nervous. I have had countless friends lose their jobs in the restaurant and hospitality business essentially overnight. So wine might seem frivolous—until you remember that it’s a handmade agricultural product that supports our economic system in many ways. And it makes life seem better when you drink it, plain and simple.

With that in mind, I’ve been drinking Agrapart & Fils Brut Champagne 7 Crus, the basic cuvée in this small, cultish producer’s always scintillating portfolio. It’s what I love about Champagne: It’s a wine that has both curves and tension; it’s opulent and refined, caressing and piercing all at once. To make sure I’m helping in whatever small way I can, I’ve been buying it from my favorite wine bar in Manhattan, Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels. In order to keep the business afloat while it has been forced to stop taking in customers as usual, the team has been making deliveries from their wine list at 25 percent off list prices.

We need to find pleasure in the things that still make us human as we are forced to distance ourselves from our family, friends and colleagues. So eat and drink and help those around you. And know that we will get through this.


Have your own wine story from recent weeks? Whether it’s pulling a special bottle from the cellar or enjoying a glass of a great value that you stockpiled, whether you shared it with close friends and family or savored it on your own, we want to know. Share what you're drinking with us on our social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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