it’s a mystery.
though we tried to identify this arm, the watchband and the bracelet, we have no idea.
someone texted us this photograph – sans words – and left it at that.
granted, there are plenty of texts that arrive from political groups, fundraisers, smarmy this-is-amazon-we-are-shutting-down-your-account-give-us-all-your-information-to-save-yourself. even the occasional “hi” from a number we don’t recognize or, worse yet, inappropriately vulgar texts coming from who-knows-where. but never a bottle of wine.
apparently, this is an expensive bottle of wine. we looked it up. it ranges in price from several hundred dollahs to several thousand dollahs – neither of which we could or would spend on a single bottle at this moment.
when i had dinner shy of twenty years ago in nyc with a radio program director of the biggest adult contemporary station in the metro area he ordered a bottle of wine. he also ordered truffles flown in from france earlier that day. sharp cheeses for in-between courses. port to follow the meal. i hoped and prayed that we weren’t splitting the bill. my work was on radio, slowly gaining, but he had an expense account. the expense account that i had was from my label – which i owned. i kept every receipt and documented everything, but there is that small detail of having the money to cover the expense…
the wine he chose was $250. a merlot. i can’t remember which vineyard, what year, or what area of the world in which it was produced. i just remember the price and that it was truly a lovely glass of wine, with depth and complexity and a delightful finish. it could have been opus one.
the entire bill was nearing $800 and, though it was an experience i won’t forget, all i could think of was that we could have had big macs together and chatted the chat we chatted and he could have donated the rest to a food bank in the city. the fancy-fance was somewhat lost on me…the backpack-toting-jeans-boots-wearing scrappy artist recording in the city. when i arrived, i had walked into a chic place, a stainless bar going the length of the restaurant, exposed brick, program director on a stool in animated conversation with the bartender, and the hostess – or was she the maître d’? – asked, “would you like me to check your ….errr…. backpack?” i declined. at that moment, that errr-backpack had everything in it…my purse, my clothes, my composing notes, my plane ticket, fresh socks, my toothbrush and a travel blowdryer. i couldn’t check it.
so the other day when this photograph arrived in our textbox, we searched the area code to see if we could figure out who it might be from. no luck. and no follow-up. we wondered if it was an ad or – in a positive foreshadowing moment – a glimpse of a package to arrive. such teasing.
i suppose we won’t ever know. nothing has arrived via usps, fedex, ups. though yesterday i did get an email that said my dhl package was waiting to be delivered – if i would just supply them with all my payment information and signature.
payment information? uh-huh. if it’s for that bottle of wine – the 1999 signed opus one bordeaux red blend – i’m gonna need to pass. exquisite will have to wait. maybe until opus two.
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November 4, 2022 at 10:43 am
I came across your blog while searching for an explanation for this same picture / text I’ve received twice over the last few days now. I sadly don’t have any answers but apparently it is something being sent out to a lot of people – what the goal is I don’t know! So strange. Cheers!
November 4, 2022 at 2:13 pm
Ahhh….we were hoping it was the announcement of a gift that would arrive shortly. But no such luck! Lol! We haven’t figured it out yet either, but if we get any more “clues” we’ll let you know. In the meanwhile, cheers to you, too!! Clink! 🙂
November 16, 2022 at 6:47 pm
I just received a random text with the same picture!
November 17, 2022 at 4:02 pm
I also have received it twice now, from a different number each time. A scam maybe to see who is active/will answer and believe they are talking to someone wealthy?
November 22, 2022 at 9:29 am
Hi Rosalie! I have no idea what they are trying to accomplish, but nice to hear from you that we are not alone in the mystery. Cheers! Happy Holidays.
November 19, 2022 at 7:39 pm
Got this same pic as well, not a clue what could be just that the number come from Orlando FL area code, do yall also received from same number 407-505-5764? Also in that bottle says Baron Phillipe De Rothschild kinda weird
November 22, 2022 at 9:30 am
Hi! Our text came from the Pennsylvania area. It’s all a mystery! Cheers!
November 22, 2022 at 9:40 pm
My husband received this text tonight and we had a fight about it. Lol I searched the picture and so happy he’s telling the truth and it’s just another scam. How awful the lengths people go to these days!!!!
November 22, 2022 at 9:43 pm
Ours was from Chicago area fyi
November 23, 2022 at 7:46 am
Ohmygosh! I can just imagine! Yiiiikes! Thank goodness it’s a mystery that is now ALL of ours! Happy Thanksgiving!! Cheers!
November 27, 2022 at 9:08 pm
I too got this image too. We are not a lone. Took my 3 hours to find this blog.
March 1, 2023 at 7:57 am
Same thing here 5 am text. I. used ton work in the wine industry so at first tho9ught it may be an old contact but did a quick search to find trhe photo and when it popped up knew it was a scam. I am sure if you reply they are selling it for a “unbelievable” price and justb need some giftb cards to pay for it.
March 24, 2023 at 10:11 am
I just got the text too!
March 24, 2023 at 4:57 pm