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Friendship is like fine wine

Each individual life is made up of great moments, those circled in red on our calendars. Time goes by so quickly, often too quickly. This is why it is important to stop occasionally and remember those moments in detail. To appreciate and perhaps even relive them. This is what we’re going to do in this post.

In 1980, 35 years ago, Ronald Reagan became president of the United States of America. This was clearly a milestone in his life – and in the life of one of his good friends: Jean Leon.

The new American president and Jean Leon were friends. They had struck up a friendship during Reagan’s career as a Hollywood actor.

One day, Ronald Reagan promised Jean Leon that if elected president, he would serve his wine at the inauguration ceremony at the White House. He wasn’t joking. Reagan won the election, and several bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva 1975 were opened on January 20, 1981.

It was a gesture Jean Leon never forgot. Reagan had kept his word. Among the hundreds of important guests at the dinner, only the two of them knew that this truly was a toast to old friendships, which deepen over time.

This is why, 35 years later, we still remember. Ronald Reagan could have easily chosen a more established and well-known wine, but he didn’t. He had made a promise to a good friend, and keeping his word mattered more to him. A gesture which proves that friendship is like fine wine. Once born, it grows more valuable over time.