Carl Alderete wrote:Do a blind tatsing and find out.
I`ve put a bag over a high and low priced wines of the same vintage.
you`d be surprised what would happen.
$500 for a bottle is wayyyyy to much.
Since it only cost so much to make.
Carl: Hey, I understand what you're saying, man. I am not out there spending $500 for a bottle of wine.
But instead of saying "$500 for a bottle is wayyyyy to [sic] much," I'd say "$500 for a bottle is way more than I can afford to spend.
Let's try five different scenarios here:
1. You're Bill Gates. Only you've still got the wine jones of Carl Alderete. Is $500 still too much to spend on a bottle of wine? Seriously, now.
2. You have been given a gift, free and clear, out of the blue, of $500. You have a chance to buy a bottle of wine that you know is worth at least $1,000. If you buy it, you can double your money literally overnight, and then spend that money on whatever you want (and we know it would be mostly wine, right?). No guilt, no scamming. Just a quick flip for a big profit (think of it as like real estate). Would you spend your $500 on that bottle of wine? Or say, no thanks, $500 a bottle is wayyyy too much!
3. You pull off the deal of your life (whatever it is you do). It's your first really big time score, and suddenly you are totally rolling in dough. You look at your faithful wife, who has supported you and believed in you all these years, and you want to treat her to the best meal, the best evening, you can possibly think of. You know she's sighed over The French Laundry for years, but you've never been able to think of it. Now, you can. Not a problem. And you actually get a reservation. Remember, for a variety of reasons, you want this to be the night of your lives. And sure enough, there's a fabled bottle of _____________ right there on the list. Maybe the last one available. The perfect night, the perfect restaurant, an evening truly to remember as a crowning point in your life. But that wine is priced at $500 (which, now, is like five minutes of your newly rich time). Wayyyyy too much?
4. Your favorite charity is ______________________. You really care about this charity and the kids it helps. You've worked for it...hard...for years, and you know the researchers are finally close to a cure for the deadly disease that shatters young lives. You've had a good run lately, and you can afford to donate $500 to this charity. OR, you have a chance to buy a bottle of __________________ for $500, with the certainty that if you donate it for a live auction item it will fetch two to three to four times as much. At the very least. Maybe more. Do you donate the $500 to your charity, that needs every penny it can get to find that cure? Or do you buy the bottle of wine (for which you can take a tax deduction) and donate it to the charity and make four times more (and the bidders can deduct it from their taxes as well).
5. Bad news. You are dying. Terminal disease. No hope. Just a few short months to live. There are things you want to do before you die, but most you won't be able to do now. But you can have that bottle of wine you've always wanted to try. Heck, it's not even coming out of your pocket: your friends know how much you've always wanted to try that bottle, so they all chipped in and bought it for $500 and they are standing there, having presented it to you, with a corkscrew and a glass, pure unadulterated love for you beaming from their faces. Do you tell them, "No thanks, guys. I appreciate it, but $500 a bottle is wayyyyy too much."