Instant wine collection for sale — for $165 000

Tuesday, 12 November, 2013
Reuters, Times Live
Some wine lover with deep pockets who acts quickly can buy an instant wine collection at Sotheby’s, which is offering 100 original wooden cases of the iconic California wine Opus One for $165 000.
For five days, from November 11 to the evening of November 15, the first person entering the auction house’s wine store in New York who offers the price can have the 600-bottle collection.

“I thought of doing this for fun, because it is,” said Jamie Ritchie, Sotheby’s head of wines in North America. “Opus One is the most requested Californian wine in our retail shop.”

Ritchie said the idea for the unusual sale occurred when an unnamed seller came into the shop and asked if the auction house was interested in selling the Bordeaux-style blend, the result of a 1979 joint venture between California’s Robert Mondavi and France’s Baroness Philippine de Rothschild.

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