Brad Pitt signing bottle of Champagne Taittinger

The Most Wanted Wine Bottle In The World – And You Can Get It On eBay

Bottle of Champagne Taittinger signed by Hollywood actors for SAG AFTRA Foundation
Usually, when you hear about wines fetching 5-figure prices at auction, the bottles are cru classe Bordeaux or grand cru Burgundy from outstanding vintages of decades ago. On occasion, it will be a wine unearthed from an Egyptian tomb or a discovered by a diver in a sunken ship. Regardless, these bottles are exclusively available to high-heeled collectors on the auction scene, sold at exorbitant prices during live events held by the likes of Sotheby’s or Christie’s – the kind where an auctioneer is rattling out numbers in double-time and people raise paddles to bid.

But perhaps the most wanted bottle of wine today is not Bordeaux, not Burgundy, not rescued from the Titanic, and is not from a rare vintage – actually, it has NO vintage. Further, it’s available on eBay – you can place a bid right now if you’re reading this before Groundhog Day.

At first glance, the entry is fairly innocuous – it’s a 6-liter bottle of Taittinger Champagne Brut La Francaise, a non-vintage wine. A deliciously wonderful, big bottle of bubbles that would be the centerpiece of a celebration. A bottle that size (called a “methusaleh”), with that kind of high-end Champagne inside, is rare and difficult to find at retail, but not impossible. With a few phone calls and the patience to wait a few weeks, you can probably get one for somewhere in the neighborhood of $600 – a substantial sum for most people, but not the kind of cost that turns heads at auctions. What makes this bottle particularly special is not only what is on the inside, but what’s on the outside – it’s autographed by over a hundred of Hollywood’s elite.

It’s this detail, combined with the accessibility of eBay, which is driving the demand. The wine’s perceived value extends far beyond the small audience of wine collectors – it appeals to everyone enthralled with the big screen. So, the star-struck moviegoers; the supermarket shoppers peeking at UsWeekly and The National Enquirer; the citizens of social media scouring the Twitterverse for the latest on Brad and Jen — in other words, this bottle has appeal to pretty much anyone in North America.

Yes, there are many autographed items out on the market — sports heroes and celebrities sign things all the time. But there are very few items autographed by this many actors and actresses. It’s kind of like a giant baseball signed by every living Hall of Famer, or a basketball signed by every NBA all-star of the past two decades. Just a small sampling of the stars who signed this bottle of Taittinger Champagne: Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Hanks, Al Pacino, Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Lopez, Christian Bale, Renee Zellweger, Robert De Niro, Glenn Close, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Bateman, Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Lupita Nyong’o, Sophie Turner, Michelle Williams, Henry Winkler, Eugene Levy, and almost the entire cast of Stranger Things (including David Harbour and Winona Ryder, of course). Again, that’s just a few of the over 120 autographs on the bottle.

It’s difficult enough to get so many Hollywood stars to the same place at the same time, much less convince them to sign a bottle of Champagne. So how did this happen? The 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. In addition to honoring the top performers, the show also raises money for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, which, among other activities, sponsors a children’s literacy program, provides scholarship programs, and offers medical assistance to artists in need. Vitalie Taittinger, the newly appointed president of Champagne Taittinger, donated the 6-liter bottle specifically to support these altruistic endeavors, and so, to raise the value, the actors volunteered to sign it — right after they walked the red carpet during the pre-show ceremonies.

How high will the bidding go? Hard to predict, as it is such an out-of-the-ordinary auction item. Wine experts suggest that the bottle on its own, without the signatures, could fetch at least $1000, but the bid as of this writing has already blown well past that. Any random singular item autographed by just one Hollywood star can be valued at anywhere from $10 to $500 or more, depending on the item. If you multiply $10 by 120+, you get $1200, but there’s enough argument that having so many stars’ autographs on one item justifies a significantly higher value. Will the bidding reach $3000? $5000? $10,000? More? Time will tell, but if you’re interested, you better act quickly — the auction ends on Sunday, February 2 (you’ll have to click through the auction link to find out if Bill Murray or anyone else from the cast of Groundhog Day signed the bottle).

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Arsenic In Wine – The Complete List

Following is the full, complete list of wines that allegedly contain dangerous amounts of arsenic, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, California. Almost all are inexpensive California wines. Arsenic is a poison that, when ingested in high enough doses, can be fatal.

1. Acronym GR8RW Red Blend 2011
2. Almaden Heritage White Zinfandel
3. Almaden Heritage Moscato
4. Almaden Heritage White Zinfandel
5. Almaden Heritage Chardonnay
6. Almaden Mountain Burgundy
7. Almaden Mountain Rhine
8. Almaden Mountain Chablis
9. Arrow Creek Coastal Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
10. Bandit Pinot Grigio
11. Bandit Chardonnay
12. Bandit Cabernet Sauvignon
13. Bay Bridge Chardonnay
14. Beringer White Merlot 2011
15. Beringer White Zinfandel 2011
16. Beringer Red Moscato
17. Beringer Refreshingly Sweet Moscato
18. Charles Shaw White Zinfandel 2012 (a.k.a., “Two Buck Chuck”)
19. Colores del Sol Malbec 2010
20. Glen Ellen by Concannon Glen Ellen Reserve Pinot Grigio 2012
21. Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011
22. Glen Ellen by Concannon Glen Ellen Reserve Merlot 2010
23. Cook Spumante
24. Corbett Canyon Pinot Grigio
25. Corbett Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon
26. Cupcake Malbec 2011
27. Fetzer Moscato 2010
28. Fetzer Pinot Grigio 2011
29. Fish Eye Pinot Grigio 2012
30. Flipflop Pinot Grigio 2012
31. Flipflop Moscato
32. Flipflop Cabernet Sauvignon
33. Foxhorn White Zinfandel
34. Franzia Vintner Select White Grenache
35. Franzia Vintner Select White Zinfandel
36. Franzia Vintner Select White Merlot
37. Franzia Vintner Select Burgundy
38. Hawkstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
39. HRM Rex Goliath Moscato
40. Korbel Sweet Rose Sparkling Wine
41. Korbel Extra Dry Sparkling Wine
42. Menage a Trois Pinot Grigio 2011
43. Menage a Trois Moscato 2010
44. Menage a Trois White Blend 2011
45. Menage a Trois Chardonnay 2011
46. Menage a Trois Rose 2011
47. Menage a Trois Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
48. Menage a Trois California Red Wine 2011
49. Mogen David Concord
50. Mogen David Blackberry Wine
51. Oak Leaf White Zinfandel
52. Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc 2011
53. R Collection by Raymond Chardonnay 2012
54. Richards Wild Irish Rose Red Wine
55. Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc 2012
56. Simply Naked Moscato 2011
57. Smoking Loon Viognier 2011
58. Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc 2010
59. Sutter Home Gewurztraminer 2011
60. Sutter Home Pink Moscato
61. Sutter Home Pinot Grigio 2011
62. Sutter Home Moscato
63. Sutter Home Chenin Blanc 2011
64. Sutter Home Sweet Red 2010
65. Sutter Home Riesling 2011
66. Sutter Home White Merlot 2011
67. Sutter Home Merlot 2011
68. Sutter Home White Zinfandel 2011
69. Sutter Home White Zinfandel 2012
70. Sutter Home Zinfandel 2010
71. Trapiche Malbec 2012
72. Tribuno Sweet Vermouth
73. Vendange Merlot
74. Vendange White Zinfandel
75. Wine Cube Moscato
76. Wine Cube Pink Moscato 2011
77. Wine Cube Pinot Grigio 2011
78. Wine Cube Pinot Grigio
79. Wine Cube Chardonnay 2011
80. Wine Cube Chardonnay
81. Wine Cube Red Sangria
82. Wine Cube Sauvignon Blanc 2011
83. Wine Cube Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2011

The lawsuit claims that the above wines contain as much as 500% more than what is acceptable in drinking water, and I’m honestly not sure how dangerous that is for human consumption, because trace amounts of arsenic naturally occur in most of the beverages and foods that we ingest on a daily basis. If you want to read a full scientific report on arsenic, click here.