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Dear Dr. Vinny,

In the "Wine Search" section of your website, how does the "release price" relate to the current market price?

—D.F., Westport, Conn.

Dear D.F.,

The release price is the price of the wine when it was first released to the market. Most of the time, producers and retailers provide us this information. However, we do track the performance of many wines commonly sold at auction. For those collectibles, we also list the "current auction price," an average of all recent sale prices for that wine at major auctions. (You can find the auction price in our Auction Price Database or in the Wine Ratings Search, by clicking on the name of a wine from the search results page.) You may also see current auction prices listed in the magazine, especially if we revisit a wine years later and give it a new review, to give you a sense of its current market value. Remember, a wine's only worth what someone is willing to pay for it!

—Dr. Vinny


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