In a record-breaking move that celebrates its own 25-year history, Morton's, The Steakhouse has commissioned what has just been certified by Guinness World Records as the "World's Largest Wine Bottle." With the capacity to hold over 173 standard bottles -- the equivalent of 1200 glasses -- of wine, this masterpiece of glassmaking art was certified by Guinness World Records today at a ceremony where the bottle was carefully filled with 130 liters of Beringer Vineyards 2001 Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
The spectacular bottle, a product of international skill and creativity that measures 4.5 feet tall and around, will make a coast-to-coast tour of Morton's restaurants, celebrating the steakhouse's 25th anniversary with wine and food receptions. Guests will enjoy an array of Morton's hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and two acclaimed Beringer wines: the 1998 Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and 2002 Stanly Ranch Chardonnay. Cost: $40 per person. Guests will also have to opportunity to be photographed next to the wine bottle. The tour's first stop will be San Francisco on August 18.
Morton's, known for its extensive wine selection, partnered with Beringer Vineyards in early 2004 to create the gigantic Bordeaux-style bottle. The massive bottle mold was built in the Czech Republic, and four bottles were hand-blown from Simax glass. After the final firings, one bottle was shipped to California, where it has been filled with Beringer's 2001 Napa Valley Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, the vineyard's finest wine blended from seven Napa Valley vineyards. The huge cork, handmade in Portugal from the finest corkwood, was finished with a wax seal.
Beringer will store the bottle, with its valuable vintage contents, under ideal temperature and humidity conditions until November, when it will be shipped to the world-renowned Sotheby's galleries in New York, to be auctioned by its international wine department, with 100% of the proceeds going to Share Our Strength, one of the world's leading hunger-fighting umbrella organizations.
Bidding will be open to the public. Tylor Field, Morton's director of beverage operations, and an internationally-recognized wine maven, notes: "In addition to supporting a great cause, the lucky top bidder will own a 340-pound artifact of wine history and be able to surprise a business associate with a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift or have a wine tasting party for as many as 1,200 of his or her closest friends."