In 1989, a bottle from Thomas Jefferson’s collection, was valued at an astronomical $500,000 by its owner, William Sokolin. When Sokolin took the wine with him to a Margaux dinner at the Four Season Hotel, a waiter knocked the bottle over, breaking it. Insurers paid out $225,000.
The Austrian wine market collapsed in 1985 when it was discovered winemakers were adding antifreeze to artificially sweeten the wine.
A man in NJ was charged $3750 for a bottle of wine, ordering it after a waitress told him that it was “thirty seven fifty”.
Imported wines are often giant “boxed wines” when they’re shipped: A huge bag of wine traveling inside a cargo container.
Pope Leo XIII 1810-1902 endorsed a popular wine that had 6 to 7.2 mg of cocaine per ounce. He was purported to have carried a hipflask of it with him and he awarded a gold medal to the French chemist who concocted it.
A 1650-year-old bottle of wine found in Germany has been called the world’s “oldest existing bottle of wine”.
A Texas A&M study invited people to taste wines labeled “France,” “California,” and “Texas,” and while nearly all ranked the French as best, in fact, all three were the same Texan wine.
A monastery in the UK makes as fortified wine called Buckfast that has 15% alcohol and as much caffeine as 8 cokes per bottle. Despite being made by monks, it is synonymous with crazed blackouts and under age use.
A 2005 study found that the scores of “wine experts” are essentially meaningless, revealing that a typical judge’s scoring of a wine varied by plus/minus four points over three blind tastings poured from the same bottle.
Chinese people wanting to display their wealth drink expensive red wines..mixed with Coca-Cola and Sprite to make it taste more palatable.