Dear 3-buck Chuck,

We have become such good friends over the last couple of months, and for that, I thank you. I recall we first met at Trader Joe's on Queen Anne hill. We both immediately shared the common goal to attain libations for a minimal price -- without sacrificing style or taste -- and it's been a far-from-sober relationship since.

We hang out nearly every night of the week now. You go great with my homemade Italian cuisine or even just a chunk of cheese. You take on a few different forms, but I really prefer you as a Merlot. Rarely we talk, but instead just enjoy the company of my wives or whatever is on TV at the time. It's a good deal for both of us.

You are a steadfast ally, 3-buck Chuck, and for that I thank you.