Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Egg for Sale
The place where I like to purchase wine as gifts for friends -- the Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe [you can Google it, they deliver] -- has a large round table in the middle of the shop.
There are dozens of different kinds of wines there and you can taste them any time you're visiting. There are more formal tastings on the weekends with much rolling of tongues, swirling of glasses, and sniffing of bouquet. Should you be a customer who orders more wine than I ever will, you may have your very own Riedel crystal wine glass to drink out of.
Each glass is kept in a pristine white and glass cupboard hanging upside down with dozens of others, embossed with the initials of each preferred customer. Swank. They even wash it out [quelle surprize!] after the tasting so it will be ready for you next time -- always with the hope that you will exceed their expectations while you continue to buy loads and loads of wine from them. The Knightsbridge folks also build more wine cellars than anyone else in the country.
One of these days I gotta get rich.
But I only buy bottles at twenty or so dollars a crack, one at a time, not in bulk, so I have to taste wine out of little thimble sized things. No free crystal glass for me.
Anyway, I was in there purchasing a housewarming gift when I saw this strange egg-shaped item on the table. Oh, look, a strange egg-shaped item. Why it looks like a giant Faberge egg, i declared. I was told that it was, in fact, a Faberge egg. Just much larger than the very very expensive ones that Malcolm Forbes used to collect.
It even serves a useful purpose, instead of just sitting there to be gazed upon. It's for caviar.What every house needs. And, here is the best part, it's on sale. Yep, only $7000, reduced from $10,000.
Not to mention that the amount of caviar you might want to serve in this convenient contraption will cost in the neighborhood of $1000.
Or, you could just put Cheez-It crackers in there. The yellow would make a nice contrast with the blue.
I'm not rich, never will be, but it sure is fun to see how I could spend my money if I had it.