It's a little-known fact, but wealthy people are actually physically unable to ingest liquids that cost less than $20 per fluid ounce. Consequently, today is a banner day for 12 lucky, loaded imbibers around the globe.
Not only will they have the privilege of spending an estimated $168,000 for one of the dozen "Ampoules" of 2004 Block 42 wine newly available from Australian winemaker Penfolds, but as part of the purchase price, a senior official from said company will be personally dispatched to them to ceremoniously remove the precious liquid from its glass plumb-bob casing and open it "using a specially designed, tungsten-tipped, sterling silver scribe-snap." This same human will then "prepare the wine using a beautifully crafted sterling silver tastevin." How fancy is that?
But it's not just the grape juice (produced from the oldest continuously producing Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world) commanding such a lofty price. According to Penfolds, the vessel itself was a team effort, calling on the talents of a world-renowned glass artist, a prominent Australian designer-maker who prepared all the precious metal detailing, a South Australian furniture craftsman who designed and made the bespoke Jarrah cabinet, and a veteran scientific glassblower who designed the scientific–grade Ampoule.
And yes, the 12 lucky buyers get to keep the fancy glass doo-dad.
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