When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It

01.08.2019  –  Fine Wine Investment  – It really is very interesting living in the UK right now. We often wonder what the headline writers would have had to feed off had Hilary Clinton become POTUS in 2017 and the referendum vote fallen on the side of “Remain”. Of course not everyone likes the uncertainty this […]

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Under lock and key

25.07.2019  – Fine Wine Investment  – The was a scare story emerge in the Financial Times last week under the headline: “The Perils of Storing Fine Wine” whose aim, presumably, was to put people off investing. The essence was to the effect that an established wine merchant had just had £200,000 worth of stock half-inched […]

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Second the best?

18.07.2019  –  Fine Wine Investment  – We have written several times over the past year about the Second Wines and their outperformance against the First Growths, and Liv-ex published an insight this week talking further about it. The simple fact is that whereas ten years or so ago a First Growth cost 5-6 times the […]

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If it makes you happy

11.07.19  – Fine Wine Investment  – There was a perfectly ghastly news report at the end of last month detailing the consequences of a fire at Universal Studios in LA back in June 2008. Whilst Sheryl Crow bagged the headlines as it was her recent discovery of the disaster that made the news, she was […]

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Singapore Spring

01.07.2019 –  Fine Wine Investment  – We talked about the gold price a couple of weeks ago and sure enough it hopped up another leg to just shy of $1,450 before correcting gently. We wondered what this might augur and since there has been something of an escalation in verbals between the US and Iran […]

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Long odds on Cheval 18

20.06.19  – Fine Wine Investment – At long last the en primeur campaign for the 2018 vintage has reached a conclusion. Observers of the Tory Party leadership battle and the Brexit negotiations should take heart. Nothing lasts forever! The sad fact is, though, that there was precious little worth picking up once the merchants and […]

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2018 en primeur

13.06.19  – Fine Wine Investment  – There’s been a fair amount of comment on the movement in the gold price recently, in so far as it has bounced quite sharply off £1,275 and has paused (either to retreat or advance?) at around £1,340. This is customarily considered to reflect a panic move into “safe” assets, […]

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What fresh lunacy is this?

07.06.19  –  Fine Wine Investment  – Five years or so ago the official autobiography of hell-raiser Oliver Reed was published under the above title, and every year at this time it strikes us as an appropriate comment on the pricing fine wine producers think appropriate for their en primeur releases. It is almost as if […]

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The Darling Buds of May

30.05.19  –  Fine Wine Investment  – Well there’s been precious little sign of them as far as the fine wine market is concerned, indices limping along listlessly awaiting direction from an as yet uncooperative en primeur campaign. It does sometimes feel like Groundhog Day, each issue desperately examined, usually without success, for some evidence of […]

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What would Monty do?

22.05.19  – Fine Wine Investment  – One of the complaints we hear from a lot of fine wine investors arriving at Amphora’s door for the first time is that they are always told what to buy but never told when to sell. We are sympathetic both to the investor’s position and, you may be surprised […]

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Blink and you’ll miss it

16.05.19  – Fine Wine Investment  – At a presentation on global investments recently the speaker posed this question of the audience: “who looks every day at what is going on in world stockmarkets?” A fair number of hands was raised. “Well do yourselves a favour”, he said. “Don’t!” His point was that there is an […]

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Cheval Blanc

08.05.2019  –  Fine Wine Investment  – We have written in the past about how cheap Pavie seems to be, relative to Angelus, and before offering an update on that situation it is interesting to note that Pavie has been knocked off its “best value in St Emilion” perch: by Cheval Blanc, no less. One of […]

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