The rantings and ravings of Anthony Bourdain are often over the top, sometimes outright silly. But his thorough ripping of the enterprising Long Island vintner selling 9/11 Memorial Commemorative wines is bang on.
The wines, said to honor the upcoming 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, are even being sold for $19.11! (As opposed to a less profitable $9.11??) According to The Independent, the No Reservations star was outraged when he learned through members of the FDNY via Twitter that Les Halles, his former restaurant, was selling the wines.
Reassuring his followers that he no longer has anything to do with the restaurant, Bourdain vowed to pull strings to have the wines removed from the list. “Holy FUCK! What kind of piece of shit would create such a product?” he tweeted, adding, “That’s vomit inducing” and “I will personally leave an upper decker in the bathroom of whoever is responsible for this.”
Lieb Cellars has said that a percentage of the proceeds will go toward the National September 11 Memorial Museum, but that percentage is less than 10. It’s a rare case when a wine can make you sick before you even drink it.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 23, 2011