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Bern's acquires ultra-rare $185,000 decanter, brings in a Netflix star to reveal it



Bern's Steak House in Tampa is home to one of the largest and most respected wine collections on earth, and now it's also home to one of the world's rarest wine accessories.

The restaurant announced today that it had "acquired" a Penfolds Aevum Imperial Service Ritual. Translation: a 3-foot-tall, 100-plus-pound, crystal decanter produced via a collaboration between famed French glassmaker Saint-Louis and the Australian wine producer Penfolds.

Penfolds revealed the giant decanter in 2016 specifically to go along with each of only five, six-liter, Imperial-sized bottles of its 2012 Grange wine. An Imperial is the size of two Double Magnums, or about the equivalent of eight regular bottles of wine.

Bern's acquired one of those Imperial bottles of Grange, too.

In 2016, Bloomberg reported the price for each of those bottles of wine, which came with the decanter, was $185,000.

The wine is not ready for drinking yet, a Bern's spokesperson said. For now it will be on display in the restaurant's wine cellar as part of the collection.

To unveil the wine and decanter, Penfolds representative DLynn Proctor, who you might recognize from the popular Netflix wine documentary SOMM, visited the restaurant for a ceremony that was streamed live on Facebook. Watch it below.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 13, 2017 4:12pm]


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