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January 26, 2023

The higher the cost, the better the taste, right? Some people will spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to taste the best wine and meat. Make It Marathon tries the most expensive food and beverages and tells you if it's worth the money.

00:00 - Intro
00:45 - Are Wagyu Burgers Worth The Money? (Published November 2019)
08:24 - Is $300 Chinese wine worth the money? (Published October 2019)
16:28 - Can You Tell Cheap Wine From Expensive Wine? (Published August 2019)
20:14 - Why Americans Pay Up To $1,400 For Spanish Ham (Published August 2020)

CNBC Make It is trying three 10-ounce burgers. Up first is Porterhouses’ house blend of Prime beef. Second is an American Wagyu made from a 23-ounce Snake River Farms New York strip steak. The last contender is an 11-time champion called A5 Iwate Wagyu. Sorry but the wagyu burgers are not on the menu.

Each burger is seasoned with salt and served plain on a sesame bun. Because of their high fat content, the American and wagyu burgers will be cooked in a ripping hot cast iron pan. Porterhouse’s signature burger will be cooked over an open flame.

Next in the meat category is ham. The most prestigious and expensive ham in the world hails from Spain and it’s called jamon Iberico de bellota, or acorn-fed Iberico ham. One leg of it, weighing between 13 to 17 pounds, can cost up to $4,500. The most expensive jamon iberico de bellota available in the U.S. costs $1,400. The ham is a product of Iberico pigs, a rare breed found mostly in Spain. We tried it to find out why Americans are shelling out top dollar for ham.

Now that we've tasted different meats, let's move on to the wine. Ao Yun is the first luxury wine from China. It costs around $300 per bottle, and it's hard to get. Only 2,500 cases are produced each vintage and 30% of that is sold in China. When you think of high-end wine you think about places like France, Italy, or maybe Napa Valley. So is Ao Yun worth $300 a bottle?

CNBC Make It staffers have one final test: to identify if a higher price tag equals better tasting wine. In a blind taste test staffers were offered wines ranging from $3.99 to $260 to see if they could tell the difference.

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From Wagyu Burgers To $1,400 Ham, Is It Worth The Money? | Marathon

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