I am a sucker for superlatives, perfectly willing to drive 30 miles out of my way to view the biggest, oldest, smallest anything. So when the world's largest wine bottle is being delivered nearly to my front door, you can count me in.
At 4 feet, 5 inches tall and 4 feet, 5 inches around, the gigantic bottle is the star attraction in a joint effort by Morton's Steakhouse, Beringer Vineyards and Sotheby's to benefit Share Our Strength, one of the world's leading hunger-fighting umbrella organizations. Filled with Beringer 2001 Napa Valley Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, the Bordeaux-style bottle was commissioned by Morton's. Built in the Czech Republic and hand-blown from Simax glass, it was shipped to California after final firing, whereupon it was filled with 130 liters of wine from Beringer, the equivalent of 173 bottles or almost 1,200 glasses.
The bottle began its cross-country journey in San Francisco on Aug. 18 and will visit 26 cities before reaching New York City on Nov. 15. There, it will be put up for bid by Sotheby's international wine department, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Share Our Strength.
The big-boy bottle, dubbed Maximus, will be displayed at a special reception at the downtown Nashville Morton's on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Besides viewing the World's Largest Wine Bottle, guests will enjoy Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 and Beringer Stanly Ranch Chardonnay 2002, along with hors d'oeuvres menu by chef Scott Houchins. Cost is $40 per person; call Keith Travis at 259-4558 for reservations.