Just how expensive is the world’s most expensive bottle of wine?

I have often wondered just how much you can pay for a bottle of wine.  Not that I’m going to be the person to do it, winning the lottery aside.  Yesterday, I came across this posting on The Vineyard Trail which just happened to answer my exact question.

Without stealing too much of their thunder, the answer is: $195,000.  Holy cow!  You are talking house kind of money.

Anyway, the bottle comes with very special experiences such as a first class trip to France to meet the winemaker, a tour of the Chateau, and a gourmet dinner.

Hey, if you can afford it, why not?  Like I’ve said before in my postings, “It’s all about the experience.”  And that’s some kind of experience…

How to preserve wine for a very long time after its opened

In my perusing the web for all things wine, I came across an interesting item call the Platypreserve, made by Cascade Designs, the makers of the well known Platypus water storage containers for backpacking.

The idea is simple: Pour the wine in, squeeze the air out, and you will have fresh wine for days.  By entirely eliminating the oxygen, the wine should last much longer than in an open bottle, even if vacuumed.

It looks to me to be exactly like my backpacking Platypus with the exception that this one has colored plastic (maybe to hide the eventual inevitable staining) and my water Platypus comes with a drinking hose.  (why doesn’t this?!?!) (kidding) (maybe…)

If you are interested in checking it out, here is a link.  I think I’m going to buy one myself.

How states differ in graduation requirements… and approaches to what constitutes graduation

I had never seen an analysis like this.  NPR analyzed graduation rates across the states.  Not just the rates, but how those rates are calculated.  There are some very interesting differences between states.  For example, Colorado offers two types of graduation diplomas.  Texas doesn’t classify hundreds of thousands of kids who “leave” K-12 as being dropouts, and offers 11 types of diplomas.  Colorado is ranked 36th in the nation for graduation rates, Texas is 2nd, yet the standardized test scores are virtually identical.

These are only small examples.  All across the country are many differences which make it virtually impossible to compare one state to another, or in some cases, even districts within a state.

Here is a link to the article which dives into the complexities of calculating graduation rates.