When it comes to wine, men are not only too willing to ascribe divine qualities to it, they could even go as far as making a number of deities out of it, pontificate about their personal preferences, and be willing to spend a fortune to invest in or just relish and enjoy the heavenly bubbly taste.
In Champagne, France, the wine sages of the place no longer see the need to deify their white sparkling wines, but the length by which they go about their wine production—from grape selection, cultivation, pressing, aging, and bottling—recall an air of religiosity only matched by the way they jealously guard the Champagne appellation as Fort Knox looks after its gold. They have managed to elevate wine-making to such level as to leave the Stone Age Georgians, ancient Sumerians, Chinese, and Egyptians who first came up with the grape concoction with mouth hanging open.
10. Shipwrecked Champagne – average of $14,181.81 per bottle
Some people literally walk into fortune, stumbling into gold coins or other precious artifacts. In the case of a team of divers out in the Baltic Sea in 2010, they accidentally dove into them. Shortly in the sea floor, they spotted a shipwreck with a box containing Champagne bottles some of which are 200-year-old vintage still intact and in good condition. A piece of history will cost you, and this proves to be the case here when the Champagnes were promptly sold at an auction. Talk about relativity of fortunes: while the crew of that shipwreck balked at their loss of income, who knew hundreds of years forward their loss would become others’ gain?