The most expensive wine to ever be auctioned off was scooped up earlier this month for a whopping $350,000. It wasn’t a varietal bottled by George Washington himself, or a blend made from a mash of grapes grown by Marilyn Monroe. It was a 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon made by a celebrity winemaker for a celebrity talent manager.
The 2015 Setting Wines Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was created by Jesse Katz, who in 2010 became the youngest head winemaker in the country. Now, he counts Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel and Von Miller as customers of his California vineyard, Devil Proof. The wine was created for Shep Gordon, who has managed Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Blondie, and Pink Floyd, among many more. So yeah, it’s a rare one. Gordon donated the wine to Emeril’s annual charity wine auction, making it the only bottle available for sale. The enormous amount of money from the sale went to funding youth education organizations.
“The Setting breaks record for most expensive single bottle ever sold at auction at $350,000! The money went to a great cause! The Emeril Lagasse Foundation,” Gordon wrote on Instagram to celebrate the coup. The new owner of the bottle? A Mississippi wine collector, who pooled his money with friends. They likely will not be uncorking it anytime soon.
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