A single bottle of Californian rosé was sold for $42,780 to an anonymous buyer on WineBid, an online auction site. It is quite possibly the most expensive bottle of pink wine ever, writes Clare Adamson of WineSearcher.com.
“I never in my wildest dreams imagined that a bottle of rosé, or any single bottle for that matter, would sell for $42,000,” said Manfred Krankl, the owner of Sine Qua Non, the winery where the 1995 Queen of Hearts rosé comes from. Sine Qua Non, based in Ventura County, California, has built a cult following amongst wine enthusiasts since its maiden vintage in 1994.
Only 300 bottles of the pink wine were made, as Krnakl never intended to sell them. He gave a lot of those bottles to friends as gifts, and “some of these ‘friends’ went about and sold their gifts.” He suspects that the Queen of Hearts was purchased by collectors looking for an extremely rare wine in order to complete their extensive selections.
The 2001 Pagan Poetry Rosé is now the most expensive still rosé listed on Wine Searcher at $575 for a half bottle, and it also comes from Sine Qua Non as well. Comparatively, that’s a bargain. [Wine Searcher]