GREAT BRITAIN: Popping Prices

When victory comes, Britons will have to celebrate with weak beer, women & song. Whiskey and gin are almost unobtainable by the bottle; even in bars the supply is very low.

The nation's wine stocks are also depleted. Last week the auction of a late Mayfair hostess' cellar brought these smacking prices: German white wines, $240 per dozen bottles; four bottles of Cointreau, $136, and seven of orange Curagao, $160; Chateau Pichon-Longueville claret, $26 a bottle. A solid Briton knows his after-dinner ports as well as he knows Royal Navy battleships. But in the auction last week, nameless brands of...

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