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The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 16, 2019 07:49PM
[www.washingtonpost.com]

A restaurant manager mistakenly served a $5,000 bottle of wine. The owner took to Twitter to forgive her.

Restaurant work is demanding and intense, and the industry is not known for kindness and understanding. So when one steak house in Manchester, England, tweeted a “chin up” message to an employee who made a very costly mistake, social media responded in a big way.

A manager at Hawksmoor Manchester steakhouse and cocktail bar mistakenly grabbed a customer a bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001 worth more than $5,000, when the customer had ordered a bottle that cost about $290, according to the tweet. The manager gave the bottle to the server, who poured it for the table. The two bottles had a similar look, if you kind of squint.

Restaurant co-owner Will Beckett tweeted from the restaurant’s account:

“To the customer who accidentally got given a bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001, which is £4500 on our menu, last night — hope you enjoyed your evening! To the member of staff who accidentally gave it away, chin up! One-off mistakes happen and we love you anyway.”
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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 16, 2019 08:01PM
Considering the markup restaurants put on alcohol, the actual loss was probably something like £28.



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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: The UnDoug
Date: May 16, 2019 08:02PM
A class act!



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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: May 16, 2019 08:09PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
Considering the markup restaurants put on alcohol, the actual loss was probably something like £28.

That looks to be a $5000 bottle of wine, restaurant or not.



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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: May 16, 2019 09:44PM
Stunning that people will spend that much on wine. The “cheap” bottle seems insane to me, at almost $300.



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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 16, 2019 10:13PM
I almost had dinner at the Hawksmoor in London... Sadly, they were full up and didn't have a table that evening.

"To the member of staff who accidentally gave it away, chin up! One-off mistakes happen and we love you anyway.”

Sounds a little like "All is forgiven this time, but let's make sure it's a one time thing, 'kay?" grinning smiley



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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: davemchine
Date: May 16, 2019 10:21PM
I have a friend who frequently enjoys $60 bottles of wine. I’m not a big wine drinker but I decided to experiment. I discovered my palette ends around $18 bottle. Anything beyond that is wasted on me. I did attend a party where someone ordered a $500 bottle of wine but I was unaware and did not partake. It might have been interesting but again it probably would have been wasted on me.
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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: datbeme
Date: May 16, 2019 10:21PM
A few years ago, I read an interesting article (probably WSJ) that interviewed a couple of highly respected sommoliers (not that I'd know the difference). One said that when he's dining out, he tries not to spend more than $50 for a bottle…because he knows the markup. It makes little sense to pay more, and the value in that price range is hard to beat. I think he also said that if you are trying to keep costs down, don't be afraid to order the cheapest bottle of your favorite variety. Often, the second cheapest is the poorest value because nobody wants to order the cheapest.

Now, this is probably just interesting because it's the kind of stuff we all like to hear (I'm not sure the cheaper wines by-the-glass follow the same value logic), but it is reassuring to cheapskates like me. We eat drink that @#$%& up.
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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 16, 2019 10:22PM
One-off mistakes

It is plural. Maybe they can forgive a second mistake, long after the first one, and of different nature.

Still very classy. Almost too good to be true. Makes you wonder if it was staged.
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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: May 16, 2019 11:23PM
I like a nice Bordeaux. I’ve never had anything like a $5000 bottle but $200 - $250 retail for a bottle of chateauneuf du pape is appropriate. I can’t imagine buying it in a restaurant, though.

I’d spend $5000 on a bottle of wine before I’d spend that kind of money on fancy rims for a car, or a watch, or at a poker table. To each his own.
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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: May 17, 2019 12:16AM
I opened a regular bottle of wine that happened to be a vintage that was 28 years old. Words escape me. It was sublime. This was from my own meager selection of bottles, but I could see someone paying a couple grand to experience that.
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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 17, 2019 04:24AM
Maybe they can forgive a second mistake,

No, it means lots of one-off mistakes are made all the time.

By definition it means it's the type of mistake you only make once, and know better than to do it again.

And yes, I'd say that it was a gracious act, and a gracious way of saying 'Let's not have that happen again, yeah?'

I am curious as to whether or not the dining patron thought that bottle to be especially delightful, or thought 'For £226, this evening better end the way I want...'




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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 17, 2019 07:59AM
One would also expect that the pricey bottles in the cellar now sport tags announcing the price. The £4500 bottles have hubcaps attached to them, like the bathroom key at sketchy truck stops.
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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: May 17, 2019 09:51AM
Cheap wine, expensive wine, grape juice tainted with gasoline - it all tastes the same to me.
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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: rz
Date: May 17, 2019 10:05AM
Never got the appeal of wine. Most of it tastes horrible to me, and the ones I like are usually pretty cheap. My wife made us join one of those wine clubs years ago... you go to a meeting every other month or so, and they have you taste several wines and try to sell you a caseload. I think the most I was ever willing to pay was maybe $40/bottle or so for a wine we both liked. We quit the club years ago, but probably still have about 50 bottles of different stuff. At the rate we drink wine, we'll plow through that in about 50 years...
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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: May 17, 2019 10:23AM
In New Orleans, we'd say it was lagniappe.



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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: GGD
Date: May 17, 2019 10:32AM
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S. Pupp
Cheap wine, expensive wine, grape juice tainted with gasoline - it all tastes the same to me.

They should just refill the bottle with two-buck Chuck and put it back on the shelf. It will continue to sit there for years because nobody is going to pay $5K for a bottle of wine.
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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: modelamac
Date: May 17, 2019 11:05AM
I would not spend $5000 on any consumable; I wouldn't spend more than $100 on a consumable, and that would have to include drinks and desert, for two.



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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: May 17, 2019 11:10AM
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S. Pupp
Cheap wine, expensive wine, grape juice tainted with gasoline - it all tastes the same to me.

They should just refill the bottle with two-buck Chuck and put it back on the shelf. It will continue to sit there for years because nobody is going to pay $5K for a bottle of wine.

I disagree. There are many, MANY idiots out there with more money than brains. 5 grand is pocket change for them, and it's good enough to show off by ordering wine or other expensive items to prove just how much cash they have.

Me? I personally hate the taste of wine. If I do happen to drink it, it's a friend's homemade stuff that we have around the campfire.



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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: May 17, 2019 11:13AM
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I like a nice Bordeaux. I’ve never had anything like a $5000 bottle but $200 - $250 retail for a bottle of chateauneuf du pape is appropriate.


Ceci n'est pas un Bordeaux.
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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: GGD
Date: May 17, 2019 11:24AM
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modelamac
I would not spend $5000 on any consumable; I wouldn't spend more than $100 on a consumable, and that would have to include drinks and desert, for two.

Especially since it's all going to be flushed down the toilet the next day.
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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 17, 2019 11:31AM
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mrbigstuff
I opened a regular bottle of wine that happened to be a vintage that was 28 years old. Words escape me. It was sublime. This was from my own meager selection of bottles, but I could see someone paying a couple grand to experience that.

I have a couple of bottles in my "collection" (such that it is) that are approaching that age. Perhaps I should take one out for a spin.



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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: May 17, 2019 11:49AM
As a gift, I received a bottle of pretty nice Champagne--maybe $80-$120. For me, for that bottle, it didn't taste better than a $40 bottle. I've had some wine worth maybe $500/bottle at a party, and it was really good, but I wouldn't spend $500 on it. Maybe $100 on a special occasion. And I've had an exceptional bottle of $25 wine that was nearly as good.



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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 17, 2019 04:09PM
Perhaps I should take one out for a spin.

LOL, I see what you did there.


Some people have the money, brains, and palette to partake in the finer things in life.

Good on 'em.

And good on the manager who, I'm assuming, 'fessed up to the error.

It was the ethical, professional, and honest thing to do. A real mensch.

Likewise to the owner of that bottle for being so decent about it. A lot of people would not been as considerate.

Love the hubcap idea. Or at least remove the really pricey, privately owned stuff from genpop.




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except by believing all possible evil
of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

Perfection is the enemy of progress. -Winston Churchill

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: Acer
Date: May 18, 2019 11:08AM
My palette ends at "Coke or Pepsi."
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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: Buzz
Date: May 18, 2019 09:59PM
Peeps that are into wine, have a society among themselves.
Heartwarming story.
Betcha the bump in the restaurant's business from the publicity (s-t unt?) is gonna offset the "loss" on the bottle, by a good measure.
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Re: The $5000 bottle of wine mistake
Posted by: Winston
Date: May 20, 2019 07:52PM
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Mike Johnson
I like a nice Bordeaux. I’ve never had anything like a $5000 bottle but $200 - $250 retail for a bottle of chateauneuf du pape is appropriate.


Ceci n'est pas un Bordeaux.


Good of you to say that in French.



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