How to Value Fine Wine

11.05.20 – Fine Wine Investment – Firstly we hope this note finds all readers in fine and safe fettle notwithstanding the trials and tribulations caused by the pandemic. Secondly, a note of thanks to Liv-ex who has clearly not had to furlough its staff and who has kept up a healthy flow of information over […]

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Steady the course

17.03.20 – Fine Wine Investment – When you’re in the middle of a crisis you would think it might help to have lived through one before, but any trawl of the mainstream media would have you think most of the reporters have just come out of nappies. We must remember however that it is not […]

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Sit tight

09/03/2010 – Fine Wine Investment – Understandably enough we’ve had a lot of queries recently about how resilient we might expect fine wine prices to be in the current investment environment. We have watched with great interest as the gold price has risen strongly over the last 8 months in response to what has seemed […]

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The news at 10

27.02.2020 – Fine Wine Investment – We mentioned recently that the Liv-ex members hadn’t exactly covered themselves in glory with their forecasts for fine wine index levels last year, so how much notice should we take of this year’s efforts? Absolutely none at all, is the answer! We are not being disrespectful to them in […]

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“You don’t wanna do it like that.”

11.02.2020 – Fine Wine Investment – We have had an increasing number of people come through to us recently wondering whether they are doing it right. Maybe this is a consequence of the market being flat for a year or so, and there has been negligible movement in the valuations of their portfolios. At this […]

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Forecast this

30.01.20 – Fine Wine Investment – Last week the Liv-ex undertook its annual flagellation of esteemed members, under the banner: “Fine wine prices in 2019: merchants’ predictions vs reality”. It is to be hoped anyone not in need of a giggle looked no further than the headline. Why do this to themselves, you might ask? […]

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Green shoots

22.01.2020 – Fine Wine Investment – If it’s true, as Tennyson suggested, that in the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, then I think we can safely propose that as we approach the end of January, the thoughts of those of a more mature hue must balefully turn to the […]

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The rise and fall

15.01.2020 – Fine Wine Investment – There is little doubt that 2019 was an indifferent period for much of the fine wine market, but if the RHS can start this year by proposing as new President a gentleman called Keith Weed then presumably anything can happen in 2020. Perhaps they’ve never come across Hugo Rose, […]

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Tuscanomalies

12.12.2019 – Invest in Fine Wine – One of the things any investor should be trying to do is seek out anomalous pricing, which is easier in an inefficient market than in one which is uber-analysed as all mainstream markets are now. Some time ago we at Amphora discovered what became known as the class […]

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Unlucky for Some

28.11.2019 – Fine Wine Investment – Over the last few weeks we have been looking at the Piedmontese fine wine opportunity from an investment perspective. Markets are full of risk-takers, it is all just a question of degree, and for many the Barolos and Barbarescos may be a step too far at this point. If […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Barolo

14.11.2019 – Fine Wine Investment – The “Piedmont season” is certainly giving rise to a barrage of questions. This week we had a very lucky owner of a case of Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 2004 whose point was basically this: if I bought this for under £4,000 and it is now on offer for […]

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A few Barolos more

08.11.2019 – Fine Wine Investment – We have had a number of enquiries over the last couple of weeks whose question is essentially this: if Piedmont is indeed so exclusive then why bother with regional vintage and individual wine ratings? Surely the best thing to do is get your hands on whatever you can, and […]

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