BY DAN MCCARTHY | @ACUTALPROOF & MICHELLE PANIAGUA | @THEPANIAGUA
Let’s pretend for a minute that you are worth your weight in gold. Metaphorically, you sure as hell are. In reality, well, not so much.
Nevertheless, of all times of year when you’d consider spending a few sawbucks for a shimmering glass of expensive wine, or, you know, almost a grand for some incredible sake (you know: shopping fuel), this is the time when any weird and out of character indulgence would be tolerated, if not exactly justified. Unless you always tend to have a couple of grand burning a hole in your pocket for a choice bottle of bubbly. If so, see below. If not, see below anyway. Grinch.
What: A bottle of Perrier Jouet Fleur De Rose champagne
Ideal Employment: You and some friends clinking glasses of this bubbly and realizing the credit card bill will hurt so good. Well, mostly just hurt.
Where: Grill 23
What: A bottle of La Mission-Haut-Brion 1961
Ideal Employment: Just you, a sizzling slab of beef, and this Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc hybrid born the same year Eddie Murphy was. Ideally with his royalties from Beverly Hills Cop at your disposal.
What: Warre’s 1985 Vintage Port Wine
Cost: $39.50 (4oz pour)
Ideal Employment: Using the last $40 to your name after getting cleaned out around town to rejoice in the glory that is Portugal port wine. Use the last $.50 for gum or something.
Where: O Ya
What: A 720ml bottle of Okunomatsu Junmai Daiginjo Sake
Ideal Employment: Getting ready to grab a train to see friends in Manhattan for the holidays and stopping by the Leather District for one of these. Chances of you missing your train: better than average.
What: Two thumbs of Pappy Van Winkle 23yr Scotch
Ideal Employment: A plush booth, full bags of goodies for the loved ones in your life, you, and this. Feel free to remove everything but “this”.