Spirit of Philadelphia - Yards Cruise Series Leaderboard

Shipwrecked Wine Sells for $43,000

by Bruce of Brews on Jul 1, 2011 in Culture
Shipwrecked Wine Sells for $43,000

Late last year, 168 bottles of two-hundred year old champagne, along with a few bottles of beer were exhumed from a ship wreck off the coast of the Aaland Islands in the Baltic Sea.

Recently, the long lost libations have hit headlines again in an early June auction.

A bottle of the recovered Veuve Clicquot, sold for 30,000 Euros (around $43,000 USD) at an auction on June 3rd. The same bidder also purchased a bottle of since extinct Juglar for 24,000 Euros. The affluent buyer didn’t put this on his trophy shelf, however. A wine historian told a news agency afterwards that after tasting the early 19th century champagne, the price “proves the value of the wine and the prestige of the house," referring to the company that originally made it.

164 feet down, in pitch black, the ocean floor acted as a perfect wine cellar, preserving many of the bottles of wine and beer. The discovering team learned this quickly after a bottle of the champagne was popped during recovery and was still carbonated, leading them to believe that the yeast had survived after 200 years.

Some of the remaining bottles of beer were transferred to the Technical Research Center of Finland for testing. The main purpose was to find live yeast cells in attempt to reengineer the brew. However, a bottle opened last week by Finnish scientists had been contaminated by sea water, and no live yeast cells were found, although some live lactic acid bacteria were discovered.

Not to be discouraged, researchers plan on popping open another bottle in the near future for further testing.


Related Articles:

Wisconsin Breweries Get the Cold Shoulder

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Check Out 1 Tippling Place's Indian-Inspired Cocktail Menu

Check Out 1 Tippling Place's Indian-Inspired Cocktail Menu

Head to 1 Tippling Place and grab one of these inspired cocktails — that way, you can take a trip to India without leaving Chestnut Street. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Aug 18, 2016
Garage's New Location in Fishtown is Now Open

Garage's New Location in Fishtown is Now Open

Passyunk Avenue's Garage is expanding its reach to northern Philly, with a second location in Fishtown at Frankford & Girard....read more ›

by Drink Philly Aug 18, 2016
SPONSORED
Drink Philly Store Shirts Rectangle
Best Bars For Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2016

Best Bars For Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2016

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the summer's sunshine, Philadelphia is full of great places to drink in the great outdoors....read more ›

by Drink Philly Mar 10, 2016
Dogs Now Have Their Own Non-Alcoholic Wine

Dogs Now Have Their Own Non-Alcoholic Wine

Now, dog lovers can share in the joy of drinking with their pet, as Apollo Peak has finally released dog wine....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Aug 16, 2016
Dogfish Head's Newest Beer Is Nautically Inspired

Dogfish Head's Newest Beer Is Nautically Inspired

What could say 'summer in Charm City' more than a partnership between a beach-based brewing company from neighboring Delaware and Baltimore's notable ...read more ›

by Jennifer Waldera Aug 16, 2016
Check Out Chaddsford Winery's Food Truck Festival, August 20 & 21

Check Out Chaddsford Winery's Food Truck Festival, August 20 & 21

Head to Chaddsford Winery on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21 for their Summer Food Truck Festival....read more ›

by Drink Philly Aug 15, 2016
The New Pennsylvania Liquor Reform Laws Have Taken Effect: Here's What They Mean for You

The New Pennsylvania Liquor Reform Laws Have Taken Effect: Here's What They Mean for You

We were very excited to report that Pennsylvania liquor stores would soon be allowed to sell wine, and now, Ac...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Aug 10, 2016
Federal Distilling's New Tasting Room & Cocktail Bar In Kensington Is Now Open

Federal Distilling's New Tasting Room & Cocktail Bar In Kensington Is Now Open

Philadelphia's own Federal Distilling, which produces Stateside Vodka, is opening a brand new tasting room, th...read more ›

by Drink Philly Aug 10, 2016
Mission Taqueria Opens Thursday, August 11 Above Oyster House

Mission Taqueria Opens Thursday, August 11 Above Oyster House

On Thursday, August 11, Mission Taqueria, a new concept from Oyster House owner Sam Mink and partner Brett Naylor, will open right above his classic r...read more ›

by Drink Philly Aug 9, 2016
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close