Brandy. Bottled in 1783. 1783 was a very good year. Mozart wrote his Great Mass. The Montgolfier Brothers went up in their first balloon. And England recognized the independence of the United States. A great scene that could be copied for any kind of story telling. Based on the story, year and events can be changed to make it more suitable to your story. Have your hero open a glass of wine and tell something that fits in your story.