Right up to its closing last summer, the Spanish restaurant El Bulli was the mecca for foodies around the world. Millions clamored to be among the few thousand who were fortunate enough to sample Ferran Adria’s adventurous, molecular cuisine each year. Now Sotheby’s has announced it will auction the famous restaurant’s wine cellar, whose 10,000 bottles represent as many as 1,600 assorted varieties and vintages. Neither a date nor a value has been set for the auction, which is expected to generate a result in the high six figures, if not more.The wine list, which runs to 139 pages, goes way beyond the well known Burgundies, Bordeaux, and cult wines from California and Spain to include regional wines from Italy and France. Although the highest priced offering on the list is a bottle of 1999 Domain de la Romanee-Conti, at $6,600, the list offers such local specialties as L’Ermita and Vega Sicilia’s Unico in multiple vintages, as well as a number of rare sherries.
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