In the news… Spain’s elBulli restaurant to sell wine cellar

Spain’s famed chef Ferran Adria on Saturday said the contents of the wine cellar of his former restaurant, elBulli, will be auctioned off next year to raise funds for his new project.

ElBulli served its last supper and closed in July 2011, with Adria and business partner Juli Soler planning to establish “an experimental center looking at the process of innovation and creativity.”

Adria told The Associated Press the sale will raise funds for the foundation.

“In around a month’s time, the full list of wines will be published,” Adria said. “I don’t really know that much about wine, I drink and enjoy them, but that’s about as far as it goes.”

He said many bottles were signed by producers and all would carry an elBulli Foundation identifying label.

Sotheby’s auction house said in a statement that more than 8,800 bottles from elBulli’s cellar would be auctioned with a view to raising an estimated $1.6 million.

El Bulli maintained an almost unattainable Michelin three-star status for over a decade and was rated the world’s best restaurant five times by British magazine The Restaurant, with Adria often being cited as the world’s most talented and imaginative chef.

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Guy-Jacques Langevin

Co-founder of Vinivino. His passion for wine started for over a decade. Guy-Jacques followed wine teaching courses from sommelier François Chartier and from the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) in addition to attending various wine tasting events. He founded Vinivino with the goal of bringing the wine accessible to everyone.

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