Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Nose up in the air?

Make sure it's in good hands:
A Lloyd's of London syndicate said Tuesday it is insuring the nose of winemaker Ilja Gort for $8 million. The 47-year-old Dutch winemaker and taster took out the policy after hearing about a man who lost his sense of smell in a car accident.

"Tasting wine is something you do with your nose, not your mouth," said Gort, who produces wines at his Chateau de la Garde vineyard in France's Bordeaux region.

The policy covers the loss of either his nose or his sense of smell. But it has some conditions for protecting his nose: He is barred from riding a motorcycle; working as a knife thrower's assistant or fire-breather; and he can't be a boxer.

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