To write about wine as our nation continues to struggle through this seemingly never-ending moment has created some discomfort, a sentiment that's been expressed here before. Contemplating wine is a luxury of epic proportions in the most joyful of times, so writing about wine this past years has often felt inappropriate. And to provide direction on how to plunder distressed inventories for pennies on the dollar feels like a jerk move without first expressing some genuine sensitivity to what's happening to many of our neighbors.
Part 2 will turn to the extraordinary luxury of how to score discounted wine at a moment like this. But for now, if you are among the fortunate who have retained some stability (or even benefitted) during this time, a request: rather than buying that next case of wine, consider instead providing direct aid to a neighbor or cause in need. The wine you drink after being a force for good in your community will taste infinitesimally better. That's a promise.