For the Dutch wine maker and taster Ilja Gort, the most precious part of his body is his nose!

A Lloyd’s of London syndicate said Tuesday it is insuring the nose of winemaker Ilja Gort for $8 million.

He took out the policy after hearing about a man who lost his sense of smell in a car accident. The news scared Ilja. What would happen if he lost his?

“It would mean that you cannot taste wine anymore. Tasting wine is something you do with your nose, not your mouth.”

The custom policy covers Gort for the loss of either his nose or his sense of smell and has some conditions for protecting his nose. They also took note of Gort’s long, curly beard in drafting the policy.

What could those conditions be?

Among other things, he is barred from riding a motorcycle or working as a knife thrower’s assistant or fire-breather.

And what has the “long, curly beard” got to do with his nose and smell?

A clause requires that the winemaker use only experienced barbers who will keep their razors steady near his nose.


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