You may have heard about the extraordinary story of the mistaken bottle of wine last week. In short, three businessmen were dining out at Hawksmoor – a steak and seafood restaurant – in Manchester. They decided to compliment their food with a pretty expensive (I would say) bottle of Bordeaux, that was on the menu for £260.
Incredibly, a trainee manager accidentally picked up a much more expensive bottle and served them that instead.
The price of the ‘wrong bottle’? A cool £4,500!
Apparently, the diners did not notice the difference. Why would you, unless you really are a true wine connoisseur?
The mistake only came to light when the businessmen asked for another bottle and another member of staff spotted the difference. You can read the remarkable story in its entirety here.
Anyway, it got me thinking about how easy it is to either forget or be completely oblivious to all that we already have and fail miserably to appreciate that which we have become familiar with.
It may not be the £4,240 price difference in a bottle of wine we get to savour.
It is much more likely to be about the people in our everyday world.
Or the possessions we do have.
The places we have been to.
The work we do get to do and get paid for.
The list could go on.
The list of people I know who have muttered to themselves, “I Didn’t Know I Had it So Good,” is far, far longer than I wish was the case.
May this story serve as a small reminder for all of us to savour the things that perhaps we are guilty of taking for granted.
In the meantime, in my home county of West Sussex, some lovely people I know have produced another award-winning sparkling wine.
The Wiston Estate won “Best in Show” for their Blanc de Blancs Brut 2011, which was awarded only to those from among the Platinum winners. Overall, English wines won 138 medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards.
The price for this excellent sparkling wine?
£42.50. Compared to the £4,500 Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001, it’s a bargain!*
*I do realise they are very different but you appreciate the thought I’m sure.
p.s. I read about the “wrong bottle of wine” story whilst working in Albania. Next time, I will tell you about my adventures there but for now, here is a photo of the view from my hotel for the second half of the week. The ‘view’ for the first half of the week was of relentless rain, roadblocks, angry protests and Molotov cocktails!