Looking for…..wines from the land down under!

Posted in News with tags on February 15, 2018 by Bid for Wine


We are being asked more and more for excellent examples of Australian wines from the top tier vineyards.

Our buyers are currently on the look out for good well-stored parcels of these wines, whether in bond or duty paid and ideally in their original packaging.



Chris Ringland
Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier
Clarendon Hills
Dutschke Oscar Semmler Shiraz
Fox Creek Shiraz
Greenock Creek
Henry’s Drive Shiraz
Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz
Kalleske Greenock Shiraz
Magpie Estate The Malcolm Shiraz
Mount Mary
Two Hands
Wild Duck Creek
Yarra Yering

We would welcome your lists and advice on pricing and method of sale – whether auction sale – or a managed sale at a fixed price.

Interested vendors can email valuations@bidforwine.co.uk for a free appraisal of your holdings.


Only the best barrels in the best years! Caymus Special Selection 2014

Posted in News, Upcoming sales on February 14, 2018 by Bid for Wine

Caymus Vineyards have been making wine in the Napa Valley town of Rutherford since 1972. It is a family run business with all members of the Wagner clan involved in the wine production.

The Caymus Special Selection is the flagship wine of the Wagner family and is comprised of the very best barrels of the vintage. This wine is not produced in difficult years. Cabernets are produced under the winemaking hand of Chuck Wagner.

In his words:

“A rich, dense ruby color hints at the dark fruit nose of blackberry and currant that carries through to the palate, interwoven with complex aromas of black licorice, anise and crème de cassis. On the palate, the wine opens up to reveal an earthiness, with brown spice, cigar box and ripe dark fruits that linger throughout the extracted and long finish. The texture is opulent and rich, yet has a velvety quality with supple density. Rich, fine-grained tannins are balanced with ripe fruit, acidity and oak.”

Pushing the limits of richness and concentration, this Cabernet is enjoyable upon release or improves with aging a decade or more. Fine, luxurious tannins give structure to intense flavours of supple cacao bean, chocolate and dark fruits.

Critical acclaim agrees, the wine is rated over 90 points by various writers and publications.


Bid For Wine are offering 10 cases for sale. Grab a case or two for yourself and enjoy the evolution over the next few years.



September Makes The Wine! Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet 2006

Posted in Upcoming sales on February 12, 2018 by Bid for Wine

The harsh winter weather of 2005/2006 in Burgundy lasted well into early spring and was punctuated by several severe frosts with -15 degrees Celsius registered in Puligny Montrachet just before New Year’s Day 2006.

Frequent but light snow storms meant the ground was never covered for long and the vineyards of Domaine Leflaive were in need of water by the time March delivered almost 15cm of rain. April and May were cool and storms meant that there was a high risk of mildew in the vineyards.

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It wasn’t until early June that, fuelled by a long bout of warm and dry weather, the vine began to emerge from its winter hibernation. Flowering was rapid and the fruit set (veraison) was earlier than what is normal. The grape bunches were fully formed by the middle of July.

August, on the other hand, was cool and damp.

September was exceptionally bright and sun-filled. Temperatures at the daily highs were perfect for the ripening of grapes. The dry weather banished all concerns of botrytis in the vineyards and the perfect ripeness was achieved by September 20th, the day that harvest began in Leflaive’s bio-dynamic vineyards.

Carefully selective picking was key to make sure that each plot was picked at the perfect ripeness. The fermentation of the abundantly ripe Chardonnay was meticulously monitored to retain the balance of freshness to counteract the ripe fruit.

The great wines of Domaine Leflaive are now in their prime and the Chevalier-Montrachet is certainly in that category.

View and Bid now on an exceptional example of the 2006 vintage.

New Ownership at Bid For Wine

Posted in Advice, Site improvements and modifications with tags on February 8, 2018 by Bid for Wine

First and foremost thank you for your patience over the prolonged outage at Bid For Wine.

Consigning and buying functionality has now been restored to the website.

Bid for Wine is also now under new ownership in a partnership between Forum Auctions, London’s newest specialist auction house, and Auction Marketer, a leading supplier of technology to the auction industry.

We look forward to enhancing Bid for Wine’s offerings and will be introducing a number of new features. With your help we will place the Bid for Wine offering back at the forefront of both functionality and user friendliness in the online wine market.

In the coming months we will be bringing enhanced consignment features, a predictive listing assistant and a more curated listing funnel into the site.

In the meantime if you would like to discuss larger consignments for sale at auction or by private treaty please contact Richard Brierley at Richard@bidforwine.co.uk or call 020 3870 8900.


The Bid for Wine team

A Bid for Wine Update

Posted in Uncategorized on August 15, 2016 by jackpchapman

Dear Bidforwiners,

With the unplanned departure of Chris Hambleton, as communicated to us all last week, I would like to formally introduce Jack Chapman and Dianne Wall who have been working with Chris for the past 12 months.

The Fine Art Auction Group has recently acquired new premises in the heart of St James’s in London from which we will continue to promote our Wine auctions through both Bid for Wine and Dreweatts. Our headquarters in Donnington Priory is now established as a leading regional auction hub and we will continue to build appropriate Wine auctions from this location as well as in London and via Bid for Wine’s operations in Singapore.

Our next auction is on 12th October for which we are currently welcoming consignments and I hope all existing and new clients will take the opportunity of working with Jack and Dianne to continue the success of the thriving Wine Department. We also continue our monthly timed online auctions and hope that customers of Bid for Wine will continue to enjoy selling via the peer to peer site whilst we finalise plans to update it in line with feedback received over the past 18 months.

James Harvey, The Fine Art Auction Group

The Bid for Wine New Listings Email

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2015 by AB

A much loved feature of the BfW site is our daily ‘New Listings’ email (on the few occasions that technology has failed and the email hasn’t been sent I’ve been bombarded with calls and messages like you wouldn’t believe).

Today we’ve added some more options to the email – so if you’re interested in spirits, mixed cases, Loire wines (or indeed anything else, why not update your email preferences.

Registering to bid

Posted in News, Site improvements and modifications on April 20, 2015 by Bid for Wine

We have today launched a feature much requested by both buyers and sellers. From today all new bidders will be asked to register a credit or debit card with us before bidding – this will not only allow us to process payments faster (if you request that we take payment from the card) but will, we hope, help prevent the rare but irritating cases where bids are exuberantly placed after several glasses of vino and then forgotten about..! We have also amended the following sections of our terms and conditions of business to reflect this change (in bold) as below:

Terms and Conditions of Use

9. By bidding on an item you agree to be bound by the conditions of sale included in the item’s description so long as those conditions of sale are not in violation of this Agreement or unlawful. As a bidder, if you have the highest bid at the end of the auction, at or above the minimum bid price (or in the case of reserve auctions, at or above the reserve price), and your bid is accepted by the seller, you are obliged to complete the transaction. Further, you are obliged to complete the transaction with the seller if you purchase an item through one of our fixed price formats. Bids are not retractable except in exceptional circumstances such as the seller materially changing the description of the item after your bid or clear typographical errors, or when you can not authenticate the identity of the seller. We may request that you register a credit/debit card with us prior to bidding. This may be used to collect payment for lots bought via the site where these have been consigned to Bid for Wine. Payment for ‘direct’ listings will not be collected from registered cards[…]

Contract between Bid for Wine and the buyer

5.    Payment for wines sold on consignment with Bid for Wine should be received as cleared funds within 7 days of the date of invoice. Where payment has not been received we may debit any credit/debit card you hold on file with us.