Not too long ago, what was supposed to be a nice, normal dinner out ended wut a surprise for both the diners and the restaurant. What was supposed to be a good bottle of wine turned out to be an excellent choice…worth $5,800.00.

The special night out was at a steakhouse in Manchester, England, called Hawksmoor. The dining couple ordered a 2001 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande at £260 ($335). A lovely bottle, we imagine. But the couple never got to find out.

The restaurant’s publicist, Irena Pogarcic of Kitchen Communications, told CNN what happened next: “It was a very busy night at the restaurant and a very simple mistake. A member of staff picked up the wrong bottle, mistaking it for another Bordeaux of the same vintage.”

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Neither the couple nor the server caught the error. It was only after the switch that a manager realized what happened.

Management tweeted at the unidentified customers, saying they “accidentally got given a bottle of Château Le Pin, Pomerol, 2001…hope you enjoyed your evening!”

As a salve to the server’s bruised ego, they added, “To the member of staff who accidentally gave it away, chin up! One-off mistakes and we love you anyway.”

Apparently the wine is the most expensive Hawksmoor sells.


Wine critic Robert Parker, Jr. describes the wine as a “brilliant success” with “an extraordinary perfume of creme de cassis” and a bunch of other stuff. So, it’s really, really good.

Not one to let things go, Hawksmoor tweeted a photograph captioned, “THEY LOOK PRETTY SIMILAR OK?!

You know what? Most wine looks alike. The waiter just made a pour decision.