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Can you taste the difference between cheap and expensive wine?

A UK restaurant has admitted to accidentally serving a £4,500 bottle of red wine to a diner.

Hawksmoor Manchester said on Twitter it hoped the customer “enjoyed your evening” after they were given the 2001 bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol.

A spokeswoman for the restaurant said the customer ordered a £260 bottle of the Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2001.

She said: “It was a very busy night at the restaurant and a very simple mistake. A member of staff picked up the wrong bottle, mistaking it for another Bordeaux of the same vintage.

“The wine went out and was served to the customer. The customer didn’t know and it was only afterwards that one of the managers picked up what had happened.”

Do you think anything can justify the cost of a £4,500 bottle of wine, and in a taste test could most people tell the difference between a very expensive bottle of wine and a comparable cheaper alternative?

Is good wine worth paying for or is it best to stick to affordable bottles? Share your thoughts in today’s Speakers Corner. 

 

Can you tell the difference between cheap and expensive wine?

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Bald123
1 days ago
1
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Yes I have had a few expensive wines when friends have paid mind you and you are able to tell the difference to the paint stripper ones that are cheap and nasty
MrsPat
1 days ago
3
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I have never had expensive wine so would not know
Alicia
2 days ago
3
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REKS
4 days ago
3
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As an Ex licensee I was always amazed at the apparent knowledge some people claim to have about the quality of all alcoholic drinks and have many times had a hard job refraining from bursting into laughter at the number of people who must have either strange taste buds or wonderful imaginations. To satisfy myself I tried the blindfold test on myself and was absolutely usleless.
Yodama
3 days ago
2
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You are right ... I did a blindfold test on whiskey a while back, the own brand whiskey came out tops and the famous brand came last...so ...as I said before, it is all up to you and your palate.
Some brands are like Broccoli to me.
jeanmark
1 days ago
0
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Be fair REKS, people are individuals and taste is very subjective. Having said that I don't drink but in the past I have drunk expensive and cheap wine both of which tasted terrible.....
Lionel
6 days ago
4
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A good wine is the one you can't afford.
Wilf
1 days ago
1
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My limit is about £6 Lionel!
Lionel
1 days ago
1
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Good enough Wilf. Most commercially available wines are not priced according to their quality but what the shop thinks it can get for it!

In the very early 70's when I was in the London wine trade and a non drinker there was a tasting of a bottle of Chateau Latour 1944; grown and bottled under the German occupation. The label was over stamped with the swastika. My desert spoonful tasted foul. Glad to spit it out! In those days that bottle was valued at nearly a grand.
Wilf
23 hours ago
1
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Interesting Lionel. A mate of mine had an expensive bottle of French Red years ago. I thought it tasted terrible as well and was very "watery". Its because for years I have drunk Oz, New Zealand wines which I think have much thicker flavours. they are great value plus a good Chilian Red from the local supermarket
Yodama
16th May 2019
8
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I once asked a wine expert how to tell a good wine from a bad wine.
He said if the wine tastes good to you it is a good wine for you.
All about your personal palate in the end.

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