December 6, 2019
Champagne is overrated, whereas caviar is overpriced. Obviously I understand that the more expensive caviars are highly priced because of the relative rarity of the product, and in that sense a high price is justified. What I mean by “overpriced” is that the undoubted pleasure of the taste seems insufficient to justify the price, just as gemstones will always seem to be overpriced pretty stones. But champagne seems to me to be judged as inherently better than it is. I’ve had some of the best, most famous and expensive champagnes, and they have all basically tasted of slightly sophisticated cider.