Look: twins. One of my dear girlfriends, home from Hong Kong for a little holiday a few months ago, arrived for lunch Chez Shell and we looked like two peas in a pod, except for her beautiful white Kate Spade tote bag. Sigh. She softened my bag envy by kindly bringing a bottle of Eric Bordelet Poiré Granit, a sparkling cider made from pears of true varietal trees, some of them centuries old. The trees. Not the pears. "... Champagne-like and dry; the pear aromas are subtly balanced by citrus, flowers, and earth, and the finish is long and complex..." I felt like she'd whisked me off to Normandy for a little while. What a lovely girlfriend she is, for all manner of reasons, not just that one!