Archive for February, 2018

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 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 or call 020 3870 8900.


The Bid for Wine team