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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

The Curious Case of Pinot at Auction

The world's rarest wines are overshadowed by Cabernet, and it might just be because Pinot lovers would rather drink than sell

Posted: March 9, 2012  By James Laube

All things being equal, one would expect great Burgundies to fetch higher auction prices than Bordeauxs based on availability alone. And they did in a recent auction in New York where the top-selling lots were Domaine de la Romanée-Conti bottlings that sold above estimate and a slew of Bordeaux first-growths realized less than their Wine Spectator Auction Index averages.

But that’s not usually the case, which is a surprise since there is far more great Bordeaux produced than Burgundy. The top growths in Bordeaux can produce 20,000 cases of great wine a year, which means buyers can secure cases. With Burgundy, or Pinot, you’re usually trying to hunt down a bottle or two.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

FBI Arrests Wine Collector Rudy Kurniawan

U.S. attorney accuses Indonesia-born Burgundy lover of trying to sell $1.3 million in fakes

Posted: March 9, 2012  By Peter Hellman

Jan. 31, 2012 - Feb. 29, 2012 Issue  :  News

Move Over Bordeaux: Burgundy Steals the Show in Asia

Auctioneers wonder if Bordeaux may be toppled as the premier blue-chip collectible

Posted: February 29, 2012  By Peter D. Meltzer

Jan. 31, 2012 - Feb. 29, 2012 Issue  :  News

A New Orleans Weekend of Brass, Bidding and Great Wine

Posted: February 29, 2012  By Mitch Frank

Jan. 31, 2012 - Feb. 29, 2012 Issue  :  News

Auction of Vintage Posters Celebrates Wine and Spirits

Posted: February 29, 2012  By Lizzie Munro

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

2010s Shine at Premiere Napa Valley

The Napa Valley Vintners barrel auction has a record weekend, bringing in more than $3 million

Posted: February 27, 2012  By James Laube

If the Premiere Napa Valley 2012 wine auction is a harbinger of things to come, the recession—at least for the rarest wines from some of Napa's elite wineries—is over.

Certainly the mood at Premiere was upbeat. Held Saturday at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Premiere raised $3.1 million from the sale of 200 lots of wine futures, an impressive 31 percent increase over last year's event.

Collecting  :  Collecting Q&A

What is the difference between Moulin des Carruades and Carruades de Lafite?

Posted: February 10, 2012  By Peter D. Meltzer

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Bogus Burgundies?

Rare bottles are pulled from a London auction after collectors raise questions about authenticity

Posted: February 9, 2012  By Peter Hellman

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Highlights from the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival

There may be lots of glamour at this annual event, but there's a more important reason it's so successful

Posted: January 30, 2012  By James Molesworth

The annual Naples Winter Wine Festival has all the trappings of an A-list event. Based at the Ritz-Carlton Tiburón Golf Resort in Naples, Florida, the list of participating vintners includes the likes of Ann Colgin of California's Colgin Cellars, Prince Robert of Luxembourg of Bordeaux châteaus Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion and Peter Sisseck of Spain's Dominio de Pingus. The event's well-heeled attendees enjoy generous pours while eating food prepared by a list of chefs that includes Wolfgang Puck, Dean Fearing, Kelly Liken, Bill Telepan and more. The festival ends with a day-long live auction attended by approximately 600 people.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Naples Winter Wine Festival Brings in $12.2 Million

With some help from Haut-Brion, America's top charity wine auction raises cash for kids

Posted: January 30, 2012  By Lizzie Munro

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Liquid Assets

Can wine be a legitimate financial investment? Or is it money poured down the drain?

Posted: January 19, 2012  By James Laube

Using wine as an investment vehicle, where the goal is to profit financially rather than just drink well, is about as tricky as playing the stock market. That is, it’s just as easy to lose money as win it. And if the past few years haven't made the risk involved painfully obvious to traders of either commodity, the recent Wine Spectator Auction Index numbers for Bordeaux should serve as another cautionary tale: The Chinese are no longer driving Bordeaux prices through the roof, and prices are dropping.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Global Wine Auctions Reach New High in 2011

A record amount of wine was sold, but the price per lot falls as the market plateaus

Posted: January 10, 2012  By Peter D. Meltzer

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Auction of Vintage Posters Celebrates Wine and Spirits

The original prints, most dated between 1889 and 1931, will be on view, free to the public, at Poster Auctions International’s showroom in New York.

Posted: January 9, 2012  By Lizzie Munro

Learn Wine  :  How To

Cellars 101: How to Sell Your Wine at Auction

Insider tips for getting the best deal when you put your wine on the block

Posted: January 6, 2012  By Peter D. Meltzer, Jennifer Fiedler

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Wine Spectator Auction Index Slips in Fourth Quarter of 2011

Blue-chip Bordeaux falls from last autumn’s highs, but sell-through rates indicate a healthy market

Posted: January 5, 2012  By Peter D. Meltzer

Dec. 31, 2011 - Jan. 15, 2012 Issue  :  News

U.S. Wine Prices Down Slightly in Third Quarter

Wine auction sales largely unaffected by drops in stock market indices

Posted: December 31, 2011  By Peter D. Meltzer

Dec. 31, 2011 - Jan. 15, 2012 Issue  :  News

Every Dog Has His Day at Napa Auction

Posted: December 31, 2011  By Lizzie Munro

Dec. 15, 2011 Issue  :  Features

Cellars 101: Cost of Selling Wine at Auction

Insider tips to save money when you put your wine up for sale

Posted: December 15, 2011  

Dec. 15, 2011 Issue  :  Features

V Foundation Charity Auction Nets $1.37 Million

Posted: December 15, 2011  By Lizzie Munro

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Chuck Wagner Picks Up Imus' Vintage Wheels for Charity

Plus, the original Talented Mr. Ripley's wine cellar sells for over twice its estimated value and Penfolds paints the country (RED) for World AIDS Day

Posted: December 1, 2011  

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