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An expensive meal in error
Friday, November 21, 2003
A British tourist accidentally ordered a 1,000 bottle of wine in a Prague restaurant.

Andy Freegard was dining with girlfriend Helen Kelly when he picked a Chateau Margaux 1987 Premier Grand Cru Classe which he thought was 20.

Mr Freegard, an estate agent from Sandhurst, Berkshire, misread the price on the wine list.

He got worried when waiters started flocking to his table to sniff the cork, says The Sun.

Miss Kelly then asked the head waiter for the price in sterling, she said: "He just coolly replied '1,000'. We were both completely shell-shocked."

Mr Freegard added: "We realised something was not right when the standard of service improved dramatically. And when they brought out the decanter I was very concerned.

"After we learned the truth we knew we couldn't send it back. Taking each sip was heartbreaking, knowing it was 50 worth a gulp. In my defence, I was tired and it was dark in the restaurant."

Wine expert Alex Britton said: "The Margaux is undeniably one of the best wines in the world."

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