This Limited Edition Bottle of Patrón Costs $7500

Not sure what to get the boozehound who has everything? Try Patrón en Lalique: Serie 1, a collaboration between the tequila-maker and the masters of French crystal. Just 500 bottles of the limited edition liquor will be sold, and all of this luxury isn’t cheap: Each bottle costs $7500.

The booze is a mix of some of Patrón’s oldest and rarest tequilas, which were aged in new American oak barrels, new French oak barrels, and French oak barrels that had previously held Bordeaux wine at Patrón’s distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. The blend was created by Francisco Alcaraz, Patrón’s Master Distiller, and has taste notes of caramel, dried fruits, vanilla, nuts, and honey, and oak and agave aromas. As you can imagine, this booze isn’t for your margarita; mixing it with anything, Alcaraz told mental_floss, will spoil it. And don't even think about doing shots: This is a tequila that’s meant to be sipped and enjoyed.

The collaboration marks the first time the 127-year-old Lalique has partnered with a tequila brand. Artisans at the company’s factory in Wingen-sur-Moder, France, hand-crafted each crystal decanter. The design, which was inspired by the Weber Blue Agave plant, shows off the company’s signature technique—contrasting clear and frosted crystal—and the amber crystal stopper looks like the heart of the agave (a.k.a. the piña). After each decanter was crafted, it was examined for imperfections; even a single errant bubble meant the whole bottle would be scrapped (the glass isn’t reused, either). Each bottle is numbered and comes with a handmade leather display case and a leather-bound book about the collaboration.

You can watch the decanters being crafted below, and find out more about Patrón en Lalique here.

Alexa Can Now Help You Find a Wine Pairing

Even if you enjoy wine regularly, you may not know exactly how you’re supposed to pair it with food. But you don’t have to be a sommelier to put together a good pairing at home. According to Lifehacker, you can just ask Alexa.

An Alexa skill called Wine Finder is designed to help you figure out which wine varietal would go best with whatever food you’re planning to eat. You just have to ask, “What wine goes well with … ”

Created by an app developer called Bloop Entertainment, the Amazon Echo skill features a database with 500 wine pairings. And not all of them are designed for someone working their way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The skill will also help you find the proper pairing for your more casual snacks. In one demo, the skill recommends pairing nachos with a Sauvignon blanc or Zinfandel. (Note that the latter also goes well with Frito pie.)

You can also ask it to find you the perfect wine to drink with apple pie and pizza, in addition to the meats, cheeses, and other wine-pairing staples you might expect. However, if you ask it what to pair with hot dogs, it says “water,” which is an affront to hot dog connoisseurs everywhere.

There are a few other wine-pairing skills available for Alexa, including Wine Pairings, Wine Pairings (two different skills), and Wine Expert. But according to user reviews, Wine Finder is the standout, offering more and higher-quality suggestions than some of the other sommelier apps.

It’s free to enable here, so drink up.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Richard Brendon
This $56 Glass Is Perfectly Suited to All Styles of Wine
Richard Brendon
Richard Brendon

People who take their wine seriously tend to own different glasses for different types of wine. Decor website Home Stratosphere, for instance, identified 18 wine glasses—each shaped differently to complement the unique flavors and fragrances of a Bordeaux, a Burgundy, and other kinds of red, white, and dessert wines.

If you don’t want to spare the expense or the cupboard space for all those glasses, you may want to check out Richard Brendon’s $56 wine glass, which is said to be suited to all types of wine. As spotted by Fast Company, the “1 Wine Glass” is the result of a collaboration between Brendon, a London-based product designer, and wine critic Jancis Robinson.

Robinson said that when Brendon asked her to help design a range of wine glasses, she was “insistent” that they design one single glass. “I love white wine as much as red and have never understood why white wine glasses are routinely smaller than those designed for red wine,” Robinson said in a statement, adding that white wines can be just as complex as reds. “It just seems so obvious and sensible to have one single wine glass for all three colors of wine—especially when so many of us are short of storage space.”

To get it just right, they toiled with the thinness of the glass, the length of the stem, the curvature, the opening, and the overall practicality (Robinson said it had to be dishwasher safe, and indeed, the finished result is). The result is a 125ml handcrafted glass that can be used for all types of wine, including champagne, port, and sherry. The duo also designed a stemless water glass and two decanters. The items can be purchased on Richard Brendon's website.

[h/t Fast Company]


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