Oprah Owns a ‘Wine Mine,’ So Let’s Find Out What That Is

By Mike Pomranz |

Which way to the wine mine? © Donna Ward / Getty Images

Oprah Winfrey just purchased a new ski home in Telluride for $14 million. That, in itself, is not news. Oprah buying pretty much anything is not news because Oprah can afford to buy anything. Even if Oprah bought some sort of evil death ray, I wouldn’t be shocked. I’d just be like, “Better her than someone else.”

But what I did find interesting within the Los Angeles Times report of Oprah’s new winter playpen was that it contains what is described as a “wine mine.” What is wine mine? I mean, I know what a wine mine is: It’s a mine filled with wine. But at what point does a subterranean room full of wine go from wine “cellar” to wine “mine?”

Well, according to the Times, the “mine” is a “56-foot-long, 1,600-bottle wine cellar [that] looks like a mining tunnel.” Fair enough. However, the greatest detail was still ahead, because the Winfrey wine mine comes “complete with piped-in sounds of creaking wood and dripping water and an antique ore cart.” Yes, this “wine mine” is essentially the Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean ride of wine cellars.

Now, we need to give credit where credit is due. Oprah purchased the house from tech entrepreneur Bob Wall, so Oprah, as trendsetting as she is, did not conceive of the idea of a wine mine; she simply obtained it in her real estate purchase. That said, you can now forever imagine Oprah telling her dinner guests, “You get a Barolo! And you get a Barolo! And you get a Barolo!” before donning a hardhat with a light on top and riding her mining cart off into the distance.

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