U.S.'s Most Expensive Holiday Toasts of 2017
$1,720 296-Year-Old Madeira Wine
Travelers can indulge in a sip of history for the holidays with the 296-year-old 1720 Borges Madeira, priced at $1,720 per 2-oz. pour at The Jefferson in Washington, DC. The very same wine that was used to toast the signing of the Declaration of Independence can be enjoyed when guests dine at Michelin-starred, on-property restaurant Plume or when they book their family, colleague or corporate holiday party in the Private Cellar, which houses the country’s largest Madeira collection.
$2,790 Ultra-Rare Armagnac
Spirits aficionados can enjoy a rare, decadent holiday toast with a $2,790 2-oz. or $1,395 1-oz. pour of Louis XIII “Black Pearl” Rare Cask (one of only two in NYC). Guests can indulge in this exclusive Armagnac bottle served tableside at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House New York with the same pipette used at Remy Martin’s distillery. All-season long, spirits expert and sommelier Josh Stanko pours a variety of hand-picked blends and vintages of some of the rarest bottles of Armagnac found in America.
$2,250 Bottle of Champagne
At Windsor Court, guests can take a sip of luxury with The Big Easy’s one-of-a-kind, 20-year-old Krug Clos du Mesnil, Brut, priced at $2,250 per bottle at the Polo Club Lounge. Reminiscent of the private clubs of England with its rich, soft furnishings and dark woods, the Polo Club Lounge offers guests a variety of upscale champagnes as well as classic cocktails, live jazz and elevated pub fare including Oxtail Ragout Poutine, Fish & Chips and a Crab and Crawfish Croquette.
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$1,800 Cristal Bottle Service
In partnership with Louis Roederer’s Cristal Champagne, Zuma invites its New Year’s Eve guests to indulge in a tasting menu complemented by Cristal bottle service packages starting at $1,800. The New Year countdown celebration continues with a Japanese Light Festival that will showcase the traditional breaking of the sake barrel while watching fireworks front row at the coveted riverfront terrace tables.
$500 Scotch Flight
At Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House Washington, D.C. scotch-connoisseurs can enjoy an elevated tasting experience with the $500 Macallan Flight - a half-ounce pour of Macallan No. 6, Macallan Reflection, Macallan M and Macallan Cask Strength. The Macallan Flight is a delicious compliment to the recently unveiled Double Eagle Steak, the 45 Day Dry Aged Prime Double Bone in Ribeye that is carved tableside off the bone and topped with a gold medallion for guests to keep in remembrance of the best steak experience they’ve ever had.
$399 Pour of Vintage Brandy
Those with a taste for the finer things in life can sip on a 1929 Laubade Armagnac brandy – priced at $399 per 2-oz. pour. Inspired by the opening year for the English-inspired Deer Path Inn in the posh Lake Forest area (just outside of Chicago), guests can savor this Laubade by reserving a hidden, private wine cellar for an intimate experience to share with loved ones.
$210 Rare Bottle of Sake
Hakubai, The Kitano Hotel New York’s authentic Kaiseki restaurant is one of only six locations worldwide that sells Urakasumi M Junmai Daiginjo, a high end sake, available for $210 per bottle. This exclusive beverage is the perfect drink to pair with the restaurant’s traditional six course Osechi meal served on New Year’s Day, which features menu items meant to ensure good health, fertility, a good harvest and a long life in the coming year.