Tuesday, January 5, 2010

R.W. Apple Jr.'s Wine Collection to Be Auctioned Off

Legendary New York Times correspondent and gormand and profligate spender of Roman proportions, R.W. Apple Jr., died in 2006. He doubtless would be happy he is not here today to read the news that his beloved wine collection will be put up for auction by his widow, Betsey Apple.

According to an article in the Washington Post, Apple, at the time of his death, "still had hundreds of unopened bottles of fine wine stored at his weekend retreat in Gettysburg, Pa., and his main residence, an old Georgetown house." (I've always wondered why oenophiles accumulate more wine than they can possibly consume in their lifetime.) Betsey Apple is now preparing to sell those bottles, through an auction house or to an individual collector. Among the prizes are two bottles of 1945 Chateau Lafite, a rare Bordeaux that generally sells for $2,000 or more.

Sadly, the article does not include a detailed tally of the cellar. Since no auction house is named, I assume the article is something of a trail balloon sent up by Betsey to see if there's interest in the collection. I would be surprised only if there weren't.

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