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winelover18
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Wine Investment Advise

Post by winelover18 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:56 am

Hi,

I'm new to fine wine investment.

I'm just wondering what people think of either investing in a case (6 or 12 in 750ml bottles) or it's better to invest in large formats bottles (3L or 6L)?

All comments are appreciated!

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Re: Wine Investment Advise

Post by Jeff Leve » Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:08 am

The wine and the vintage you buy is more important than the format size. Of course, the price you pay as well, is a major factor. If you have other questions, let me know.

You might also want to read this article - https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/wi ... ture-wine/

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Re: Wine Investment Advise

Post by Dave Poppons » Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:43 pm

Very interesting question. I would call winebid and get some information from them. I haven’t looked on winebid recently but I used to, and I would see the same oversized bottles on the site, month after month.

I wouldn't sell my own wine but that’s just me. So if I purchased an oversized bottle for investment, my plan B would be to drink it myself or open it at a party. So I think a magnum would be okay but once you get into larger bottles, it’s going to become harder to carry out that plan B. How many people can you pull together to finish a double magnum of Angelus? Or an imperial of Lafite? Because the lesser wines might not go up that much and might not be bankable cause they won’t last that long.

You are also going to have to manage your own cellar and that takes patience, money and continued interest. And stability in your personal life which is another risk in that you may be forced to sell when you don’t want to. If you don’t want to take care of it yourself, you can pay someone else to do it which is not that cheap for small amounts of wine. And you cannot count on an outside storage facility to be perfect in their storage conditions over a very long period.

It makes sense for chateaux to hold their wine back and store it. They know a lot about their own product. As for myself, if a name I purchase goes up in value, that’s good because I bought it at a lower cost and I also have an interest in improving my cellar and it’s storage conditions. Storing and collecting wines go together. When you store your own wine you have easy accesssbility, can compare wines and can follow its progress over years and decades. Having a cellar can be frustrating at times, like if your A/C goes out or other mechanical issues and ones tastes change, and they can change radically over decades.

Forgive the thread drift but having a cellar allows one to have instant access to a variety of wines and that makes it much easier to interact with other collectors and produce wines necessary
for use in specific themed wine tastings.

My final thought is that the standard bottle has been around for quite a long time and has therefore stood the test of time...and that speaks volumes.

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Re: Wine Investment Advise

Post by winelover18 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:47 am

Thank you for all your inputs! I do agree that most of the wine investment come in the form of cases (with standard 750ml bottles). I just heard that large formats usually mean the wine can age better and longer since the cork opening is proportionally smaller so it allows the wine to "breath" at a slower pace.

In any case, I do agree that having your own cellar is the best since one can taste the wine in different stages. However, having a big collection usually mean a big cellar (i.e. space) required. I only wish one day I will have the luxury to build an underground cellar for my collection.

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Re: Wine Investment Advise

Post by Dave Poppons » Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:22 pm

Wine Lover,

If you cant collect, go to tastings

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Re: Wine Investment Advise

Post by winelover18 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:13 pm

Dave, that's a good advice too since I've never been to one. Are there any requirements to sign up to one? And if you can suggest me any tastings events that's coming up this year? Thanks!

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Re: Wine Investment Advise

Post by Dave Poppons » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:06 am

I don't know how much you want to spend or what areas you are interested in. I would start with large wine stores that offer free or cheap tastings. Google "wine tastings" in your area. Tour wineries.

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