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Wine news: El Bulli auctions cellar; Hitler labels

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times

Published: Thursday, August 9, 2012

Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2012

 

LOS ANGELES - Remember El Bulli, the tiny restaurant in Spanish Catalonia that
for years was considered the best eatery in the world? The one that seated
only a few thousand diners a season but got millions of reservation requests?

The place that produced various foams, jellies and other wonders of molecular
gastronomy?

When the esteemed establishment shut down last summer, foodies around the
globe mourned. But now, the 10,000-bottle wine cellar used to supplement chef
Ferran Adria's sumptuous cuisine is being auctioned off by Sotheby's.

As a whole, the collection could garner high six figures. The list, featuring
wines from France, Spain, California and elsewhere, is 139 pages long and
available in whole on the Eater blog.

Adria, meanwhile, is preparing to launch his El Bulli Foundation _ an
institution for gastronomical brainstorming _ in 2014.

In another European country, wine is also making waves, but for far less
palatable reasons.

American tourists traveling in Italy are complaining about supermarkets
stocking bottles of vino whose labels feature Adolf Hitler.

One bottle features the dictator performing the Nazi salute, according to the
Telegraph. Another is emblazoned with "Mein Kampf," the title of a book by
Hitler. A third was labeled "Ein volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer," which
translates as "one people, one empire, one Fuhrer."

Local officials said they were looking into the bottles.

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