Archive for May, 2012

Exciting News – our first physical auction

Posted in News on May 21, 2012 by AB

We’re very excited to announce that Bid for Wine will be holding our first live sale on 27th June in London. Bid for Wine has grown enormously over the past year and we thought that a physical auction accompanied by drinks and canapes would be a great way to celebrate with our customers.

The sale will be held at Bacchanalia TWS in the heart of the City. A pre-sale tasting will be conducted from 6.30pm with bidding commencing at 7pm. For those unable to attend in person, we will also be offering live online bidding as well as offering you the chance to place commission bids prior to the sale.

We will have some spectacular lots offered for sale including classic Burgundies from the likes of Jayer, Rousseau, Roumier, Dujac and Fourrier, some outstanding older Rhones from Guigal and Jaboulet (to include 1985 La Mouline), a fine selection of First Growths and other notable Cru Classe Bordeaux. Also under the hammer will be Champagnes including Krug, Cristal and Dom Perignon plus a host of interesting and unusual bin ends. Most of these will be available in small lots which makes the sale much more accessible.

For those who are looking for more regular drinking fare we’ll also be putting some excellent mature Australian lots under the hammer alongside some wines from Spain and the US. The provenance of all of these wines has been carefully researched and will be clearly listed in the catalogue. Despite the inherent costs in putting on this sale we have maintained our low seller’s commission and will be
charging a small buyer’s premium of just 5%.

A small selection of lots can be seen in the slideshow below. If you are interested in selling in this sale or future sales please feel to email us via

UPDATE 31st May: We now have a detailed list of wines to be featured in the auction which can be seen here. We will be releasing the catalogue in the next week. If you’d like to receive it, please join our mailing list, follow us on Twitter or subscribe via the form to the right of this post.

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Some changes to our listings wizard

Posted in News, Site improvements and modifications on May 11, 2012 by AB

We will shortly be releasing a couple of small changes to our listings wizard for consigned lots to enhance the experience of using Bid for Wine both for buyers and sellers.

  1. It will no longer be possible to add your own photographs to consignment auctions – instead Bid for Wine will arrange photography on your behalf. This allows us to ensure that auction images are of a high standard and useful to buyers.

  2. Quite frequently it’s necessary for us to alter selling formats and pricing on consignment listings so as to ensure that wines will sell well or to permit their inclusion in one of our regular ‘Feature Auctions’. In such cases we contact sellers to discuss this prior to acting. Although this has been standard practice since 2008 we have now added a note to explicitly state that:

    ‘For consigned lots Bid for Wine may edit pricing and selling formats prior to your listing going live. You will be contacted if this is to be done.’

    Changed listing tool

    We hope you’ll agree that these are useful amendments to the site.