Thursday, November 09, 2006
CN Tower Lands in Guinness Record Book for Tallest Wine Cellar
Today is designated as World Record Day by the folks at the Guinness Book of World Records as a way of trying to concentrate record breaking performances as a publicity stunt to draw coverage to the guide book for all things big, tall, fast and long. Guinness came a calling recently at Toronto's CN Tower, already recognized in the book as the world's tallest free-standing structure, and gave it another title: 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower was recognized as having the world's highest wine cellar.
The 1,151-foot high wine cellar was added to the structure in 1997 and can hold 9,000 bottles. The wine list at 360 is one of the best in Toronto and all of Canada, with 550 different selections. The cellar in the sky is kept at 55 degrees and 65 percent relative humidity.
The CN Tower was completed in 1976 and I've been lucky enough to travel up to the observation levels several times. The views of the city of Toronto and Lake Ontario are spectacular. Even without the two Guinness World Records, the structure defines the Toronto skyline.