Montreal collector sues Canada's SAQ for $1m
Oh, that is terrible. Some people might not realize it is a real "domino effect". It has happened to me before. It is not just the labels that will be ruined. Once the mold is in the paper of the labels and on the capsule (even once dried out), it turns to "dust" and the capsule erodes (compromising the cork). It all stinks to high heaven.
I have some now in my wine room that has had this happen to. Still drinkable if I hurry, but not auctionable.
The owner should have checked on it sooner.
Well . . . presuming you have such a significant cellar that you are storing your wines off-site, in a temperature-controlled facility operated by a third party, in OWC, etc., etc., etc. . . . you *have* to have a certain amount of trust in that 3rd party to properly care for their own equipment and for the goods entrusted into their care.
Acts of God are one thing -- I never complained over the wines I lost in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake when the building in which I and several friends had our wines stored (in the basement) collapsed. But this is something entirely different.
What bothers me is that he is described as a "wine collector" and clearly he was (at least in part) intending to re-sell the wines . . . . (sigh).