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Chrissy Teigen’s 13K Wine Bottle Story Is Equal Parts Hilarious, Unrelatable

"hey, not everything I say on my twitter is going to be relatable to you because it is my life."


Some celebrities are way more relatable on a parenting level than others—stars who aren’t afraid to show that parenting is hard on them, too. Chrissy Teigen has never shied away from keeping it real. She’s been brutally honest, extremely vulnerable, and upfront about what raising children is like in her world. She’s talked about the immeasurable pain of losing her infant to the world in an act that helped progress the conversation on miscarriage and pregnancy loss.

But, and this goes without saying, she’s also incredibly wealthy. Because of this, not every story she shares about her world is going to be relatable, even if every story is pretty funny. And if she didn’t realize that before – she does now. After she told an equally hilarious and equally insensitive story on Twitter, fans were divided on how to respond — so they responded, in turn, dividedly.

On Feb. 3, 2021, she posed a question to her followers and followed that up with a story.

“what’s the most expensive thing you’ve eaten that you thought sucked?” Chrissy asked before going into her answer for the question.

“one time john and I were at a restaurant and the waiter recommended a nice Cabernet,” she wrote. “We got the bill and it was 13,000 dollars. HOW DO U CASUALLY RECOMMEND THAT WINE. we didn’t even finish it and it had been cleared!!!”

Here’s the thing: it is a funny, ridiculous, insensitive, and deeply unrelatable story. It is a bonkers expensive bottle of wine for a waiter to recommend without bringing up the price point. That’s a HUGE price tag and especially problematic because apparently because it wasn’t even that good — they didn’t finish the bottle!


That’s basically what Chrissy was trying to say. Still, her tweet had her followers give one of two reactions: they either shared a funny anecdote answering her initial question, or they ripped into Chrissy for not being relatable with sarcasm, which is sometimes the cost of being honest on Twitter.

“one time I was forced into an ambulance and I am still paying the bill for the under 10 minute ride to the hospital 4 years later so I get where you’re coming from,” one person replied, sarcastically.


“damn sounds minorly annoying. i wonder if anything else is going on right now that might, say, throw that experience into extremely sharp relief,” tweeted another. “probably not i guess. keep up the great posts.”

And while the criticism was widespread, some people got the funny spirit of Teigen’s story and answered back with their upsell moments of their own — or how to avoid getting bamboozled by a $13,000 bottle of wine again.

“My dad always told us to look at the wine list and order the second from cheapest on it, he said that he’s never been disappointed and now we all do that unless we want something specific and, you know. He was 100% right!” one replied. “Never had a bad one.”

“Pre-pandemic, I was a foodserver at an airport where the prices are obviously high,” shared another Twitter user. “I was always amused at how many patrons were shocked to see their $100 bill for their drinks. Look at a menu. Ask for prices. It’s tacky as a server to say the prices of things. Assume upselling.”

Anyway, Teigen clearly noticed the widespread criticism and responded in turn with the truth: not everything she says is going to be relatable to people!

So, OK. This tweet is anything but relatable, but is it funny? Yes. Imagine getting that yourself! And yeah, it’s definitely insensitive, especially while so many are struggling. But in a generous reading, the point of the story seems to be more about the spirit of being upsold something rather than the price tag of the thing you’re being upsold on. Hopefully, some fans will give her a little grace and remember that.