<2382, Earth, France, Burgundy, Vosne-Romanée, Wine Vineyards >
Terry had finished Starfleet Academy’s flight school back at San Francisco. It was nice to have a few days of leave on Earth before he reported to Starbase G-6. Especially with what happened almost two years ago still etched in his memory. He planned to do a little wine shopping in France and go back to see his parents. He’d learned that the best wine in the world was a Burgundy called Domaine Romanée-Conti. According to his research, it was the most rarefied and expensive wine in the world, with vintages that needed decades to mature. A wine connoisseur once explained it like this, “Bordeaux is more linear and straightforward, whereas Burgundy is more elusive and sensuous. Bordeaux is Bach, Burgundy is Mozart.” These would be very special bottles that he would keep for those very special occasions. If any of those ever turned up.
He set the basket down that his favorites in it. "Guess that'll be all," he said to the Frenchman behind the counter. "Oh, I almost forgot, do you have any Domaine Romanée-Conti?"
The owner looked at him, astonished. "You have very expensive tastes, Monsieur," he said. "You realize that takes decades to mature and is extremely expensive."
"I know, what have you got?"
"Perhaps I have two bottles just past thirty years that I am willing to sell...maybe three for a good price." The old man was an absolute salesman. Terry laid out the money on the counter. He’d been saving for several years for these.
Terry put the carefully packed container under the basket of other wines he bought. Counting the three expensive ones, Terry had seven bottles. The Domaine Romanée-Conti would only be opened for an extra special occasion only. He headed back to his hotel and made preparations for the return to Frisco.
Major Terry Walsh
Fighter Wing Vice Commander