For background I quizzed some collectors, asking if they could tell the difference between cheap and expensive wines. During one of my interviews the wife of an especially insufferable wine snob, (who shall remain unnamed and said my question was “ridiculous”) revealed that she’d in fact pulled a trick on him years ago. During one of his tastings with other collectors, she confessed to taking their ‘dump bucket’ (where all the unconsumed wine is poured) and putting the contents into an empty bottle. She later presented the bottle to the group as a special wine she wanted them to try (covering it with a bag). “You swooned over it, all of you,” she gloated.
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