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Selling a wine collection

blueskadoo1 Dec 15, 2013 02:28 PM

I have a small wine collection that we have decided it is time to part ways with. I'm not quite sure where to even start on this adventure, as my SO and I became collectors by circumstance, but tried to do things the right way (storing them horizontally, in temperature controlled environments, etc). Where do I even begin with this job? I've done a little googling and came up with a few websites, but I'm not sure if this my best route, because the collection really isn't huge (around 40 bottles or so).

Thanks in advance for any advice you may have!

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    blueskadoo1 Jan 5, 2014 09:59 AM

    I'm back with a full list of our wines. It's actually only 34 bottles...it looks like so much more in all those little wine fridges. I've contacted one auction house, but have not heard anything from them yet. I'm grateful for input about what might be the rockstar bottles or how much you guys might think the entirety is worth.

    Grand Vin de Chateau Latour 95
    Ace of Spades Champagne no year
    Opus One 1994
    Opus One 1999
    Opus Magnum 2006 & 2007
    Bryant family 2001
    Chateau d'yquem 85 1/2 bottle desert wine
    Sessicala Tenuta San Guido 1985 (2 bottles)
    Krug Chmapagne 1996 (2 bottles)
    Grand Echezeaux 2006 & 2004
    Romanee St. Viviant 2002
    Chateau Beaucastel 2005 Hommage a Jaques Perrin
    Screaming Eagle 2002 & 2008
    Petrus 1996, 1999, 1999, & 2003
    Harlan Estate 1990, 2004, 2006
    Heitz cellars 1999
    La Tache 1999, 2004 and 2004.
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1995 & 2000
    Sloan 2007
    Bouchard Pere et Fils 2002
    Pensfolds Grange 2006

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    1. re: blueskadoo1
      DavidT Jan 5, 2014 10:27 AM

      This idea is a long shot.

      Since you are in Georgia, you may want to contact the wine manager at the Augusta National Golf Club by phone or letter. AGNC is reputed to have an excellent wine cellar and may have an interest in purchasing your collection.

      Then again, they may refuse to take you phone call or not answer your letter.

    2. HillJ Dec 23, 2013 11:31 AM

      Have you tried approaching a hotel or restaurant owner?

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      1. re: HillJ
        Bigjim68 Dec 23, 2013 11:41 AM

        I think that in most states a restaurant would not be permitted to purchase without the wine going through a wholesaler. Even then there would be a risk without knowing the full provenance of each bottle.

        From the list, there are some treasures here. If it were my collection I would check with a local wine club if there is one nearby. Someone there may be interested, and more willing to take the gamble, or they could direct you to a buyer.

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          HillJ Dec 23, 2013 12:01 PM

          Actually I was thinking that the owners, upper level management would be interested in the collection for their own enjoyment. I work with hotel owners sometimes and I can think of at least two who have bought private collections to add to their own collections. These folks tend to also know people interested in fine, rare bottles.

      2. Robert Lauriston Dec 23, 2013 11:18 AM

        Where are you?

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          blueskadoo1 Dec 23, 2013 12:35 PM

          We are in southern Georgia.

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          blueskadoo1 Dec 22, 2013 06:28 PM

          Sorry for the delay...Holiday travel interfered with real life.

          This is a slightly random sampling, but we have a couple bottles of Petrus, 1999. We also have a 1999 La Tache, a 2003 Screaming Eagle and a few different years of Opus One. I know we probably have some more wines that are more flashy than these, but we have yet to take a thorough inventory still.

          I hope this will help, and thanks again!

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          1. re: blueskadoo1
            wewwew Dec 23, 2013 01:26 PM

            If the wines you mentioned are representative of the 40 or so bottles, you have blue chip auctionables.
            To start you might check on the price auction results for the major houses on line. An email to the houses wine departments (again if the rest of your wines are on the samples order) should be answered ay lightning speed.

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            wineglas1 Dec 16, 2013 03:25 PM

            Start by letting us know what you feel are the top five bottles with vintages. We can help determine a route to take. 40 bottles is not much and will not be hard to find a home if the wines are quality.

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              DavidT Dec 16, 2013 11:11 AM

              You can check with the K&L wine shop in San Francisco.


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              1. re: DavidT
                Jake Dear Jan 12, 2014 02:42 PM

                If the other local options downthread don't work out -- and before you agree on a price if you decide to sell -- I second K&L (the auction folks are in Redwood City I think). I could be wrong, but I do suspect you'd do much better with these wines at auction rather than selling them locally. K&L charges no buyers' commission (unlike most other auction houses, which charge substantial ones) -- and this, I think, makes buyers more willing to purchase on this site, and hence may result in a good sale figure -- at least it has in my experience. My listings with K&L for the last year have sold at good figures, and for an average of 25-40 percent above the "reserve" -- some to buyers in Asia and Russia, and others to flush Silicon Valley types. (The auction reserve is the minimum figure at which you agree to sell.)

                Note for others who may not simply be looking for cash: You can even avoid the seller's commission (15 percent) if you happen to want to take your proceeds in K&L store credit, which is what I do -- thus turning things we no longer like all that much, or that have simply become too costy, into other wines that we now prefer. . . . ) -- Jake

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