Win Bad Luck Stories of the Wine and Winemaker
Breaking through in the wine making industry is much harder than you think. For every first-timer that has a breakthrough year, there are a hundred that fail and go out of business. It is a cutthroat business with a lot of established players that don’t want too many new people coming in and taking a piece of their pie.
Revenge of the Wine and Winemaker
Friday the 13th is a day that is superstitiously known to bring people bad luck. The wine industry recognizes that by making a great Black Friday Pinot Noir. There have some crazy stories of bad luck in the wine game. Winemaker companies all over the world have experienced some down-right unfortunate occurrences that have damaged their yield for the year. Face it; there have been some funny stories too. Here are some of my favorite bad luck stories from the wine world.
Drowning – This story is a legend that goes all the way back the 700s. Chinese wine expert, Lin Bai, famously got so drunk while out on his boat that he thought he could hug the moon’s reflection. Of course, this proved to be impossible. As a result, he drowned in what is today the Sea of China. I don’t think he was drinking the Black Friday Pinot Noir, though.
Theft – There was one Hungarian winemaker that was so committed to preventing theft in his vineyards that it caused a catastrophe. The farmer, who will go unnamed, ended up in prison for his efforts. He thought it would be a good idea to put some antifreeze in his wine barrels for the thieves to consume. Poisoning the thieves was a terrible idea as they all died and he was charged with murder.
Watch you reach – This is probably the most disastrous story from this list. How would you feel if you knocked over a bottle of wine valued at half a million dollars? William Sokolin did just this when he managed to knock over a bottle of Chateaux Margaux from 1787. Oh yeah, the bottle also was signed by the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.
Make sure you have better luck with wine game. Winemaker have been having bad luck for centuries. Try not to knock any expensive bottles over or get so drunk that you think you can hug the moon. That should be a good start.