Recently I had the good fortune (apt phrase) to taste through several vintages of Harlan Estate red, which is one of the most sought-after, highly rated and, yes, expensive wines from Napa Valley. A red blend that primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, it comes from a vineyard the western hills of the Oakville AVA. Roughly 21,000 bottles of it are produced each year, depending on the vintage, and each bottle—if you can get one—sells for $750 from the winery (or $800 to $1,000 if you buy it at a store, according to wine-searcher.com).
That’s a lot of money for a bottle of wine.
Just for comparative purposes, simply in the realm of food, $750 could buy you 188 boxes of Lucky Charms from Wal-Mart (the 22-ounce size). Or, 12.5 pounds of boneless USDA prime strip steak from Lobel’s in NYC (mighty pricey, Lobel’s, but the meat is extremely good). Or, you know, 214 pounds of fresh squid from the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle. That’s a lot of squid. On the other hand, $750 will only buy you four Yubari cantaloupes from Sembikaya, the luxury fruit store (yep) in Tokyo. You’d need another $50 if you wanted to bring your melon hoard up to five.