Couple at NYC Eatery Served $2,000 Wine in Mix-Up After Ordering $18 Bottle

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One couple got the surprise of their life when they were served a bottle of wine worth $2,000 after they ordered one that was supposed to be $18.

During the coronavirus pandemic, we were all forced into our homes, missing out on some of life’s simplest pleasures.

But one couple, who tried to do that on a night out in a Soho brasserie got the shock of their lives after they realized they were accidentally drinking someone else’s $2000 wine.

Or maybe 4?

Many of us enjoy indulging in this alcoholic treat after a long day at work or on vacation with our friends.

Including the South of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Argentina, and even here in the United States.

The nicer the quality of the wine.

And they certainly don’t fail to deliver!

And the country’s temperatures during the summer makes for a whole range of wine varieties that are simply to die for.

According to LeFoodist, “France is synonymous with wine, and everyone who loves wine knows the popular regions like Champagne and Bordeaux.”

And it is often seen as a sophisticated and elegant drink that is paired with good quality and expensive foods.

While it’s usually known for its amazing service, this time, the French brasserie located in New York has recently made the headlines for a massive mix-up that left a $2000 bottle of French wine in the hands of a couple that had ordered an $18 one.

But the managers at the place accidentally switched them around after both the 1989 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux and the cheap pinot noir were placed in identical decanters.

In an Instagram post, he told his followers exactly what happened.

“One night at Balthazar four Wall Street businessmen ordered the restaurant’s most expensive red wine: a $2000 bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild. One of the two managers transferred the Bordeaux into a decanter at a waiter’s station.”

“Simultaneously, a young couple ordered the restaurant’s cheapest red wine, an $18 Pinot Noir, which they wanted pouring into a decanter. These two very different wines were now in identical decanters.”

“Mistaking the $18 decanted wine for the $2000 Rothschild, the first manager formally poured the cheap wine to the businessmen. According to the manager, the host considered himself a wine connoisseur, and showing off to his guests, tasted the cheap wine before bursting into raptures about its ‘purity’.” Big yikes.

McNally also added this: “The young couple who ordered the $18 Pinot Noir were inadvertently served the $2000 Chateau Mouton Rothschild. On taking their first sips of what they believed was cheap wine, they jokingly pretended to be drinking an expensive wine and parodied all the mannerisms of a wine snob.”

“The businessmen’s celebratory mood was clearly enhanced by the wine they had mistakenly thought was the restaurant’s most expensive. This put me in a dilemma: whether to come clean and admit the manager’s mistake, or allow him to continue drinking the cheap wine in blissful ignorance.”

It would have also been the cheapest option because the restaurant decided they were going to float the bill for the very expensive switcheroo.

“It was unthinkable at this point to pull the real Bordeaux from the young couple’s table. Besides, they were having too much fun acting out drinking a $2000 bottle of wine. I decided to veer from my normal behavior, and tell both parties the truth.”

“The Wall St. businessman responded by saying, “I THOUGHT that wasn’t a Mouton Rothschild!” The others at the table nodded their heads in servile agreement.” We haven’t forgotten that he commended it before he was told the truth.

“They told me it was like the bank making an error in their favour. The trouble was, it was me who was down $2000, not the bank.”

And the only sad person? Keith McNally.









The cheapest wine at the restaurant is now a half bottle worth $40 and one of the most expensive is still $2000. So be careful what you pick.

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