Leonard Lauder, the guru of cosmetics, noted that lipstick sales went up during hard economic times -- which could mean that cross-dressing was a way to relieve the stress, or, more likely, we learn to get joy in small pleasures.
Sic semper, wine.
The folks at Ruffino suggest that you not stop drinking (or wearing lipstick, whatever the motivation) when the cash cow is giving buttermilk. Just trade down. So they've done their own index. If you like their Toscana IGT, buy the less expensive Chianti. Like the Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, then try the Aziano Chianti Classico, which not only has fewer words, but is less expensive. Greppone Mazzi Brunello? Santedame is the answer. And trade down from the Riserva Ducale Oro to the Riserva Ducale.
They've also matched the wines with lipsticks, which a trick they never teach you in sommelier school. The Ducales, it seems, go well with the Chanel Fire -- classic, alluring, sophisticated.
It's so me!
Until next time...