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I never thought for a second that I would offer some of my "best" wines for sale because I never bought any wine with the intention of reselling. I have always been a strong believer in consumption. However, I decided to pare down my cellar a bit and offer up some stuff that I either had too much of or didn't care about drinking. I was lucky that some of these same wines increased dramatically in value, so it helped make the decision a little easier.
Although still a "newbie" compared to a lot of posters here, I have been buying wine for my personal collection for awhile now and have a good handle on what I really enjoy. Most of those wines represented things I could easily live without. It wasn't going to kill me to part with some of the wines that I didn't have any sort of "connection" with. There are plenty of other wines I would rather have.
At any rate, I am wondering if anyone else has been against selling and ultimately given in. Why the change of heart?
Anyone still desire to keep everything they buy? If so, why?
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I think it's the state of progression over time. Taste, timing and circumstances change for everyone. For the first time this year I too let go of a couple of bottles at auction.

One '92 Petrus. A birth year wine for my daughter, she'd been itching for a car for several months. She's not enamored by wine and I felt I was sending the wrong message by opening the bottle at her birthday when it would provide more 'value' to her to allow her to achieve what she really wanted. So be it.

The other was an off-vintage Chateau Ausone. It was worth more than my interest in it. It went off at the same sale as the Petrus.
On the flip side, I have bought wine with the intention of selling, and just couldn't get myself to do so. While I certainly consider myself a consumer first, the 'collector' in me enjoys owning something that is scarce or hard to get. I suppose it all comes down to what our financial tolerance is; if I find myself in dire straits, I would be willing to sell.
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Originally posted by patespo1:
On the flip side, I have bought wine with the intention of selling, and just couldn't get myself to do so... I suppose it all comes down to what our financial tolerance is; if I find myself in dire straits, I would be willing to sell.

Yeah, well I hope you're not running your portfolio like that. My GM shares certainly stretched my financial tolerance. Sell!
KSCO2: I think that is great. My wife and I would like to do a small addition to our home. I am lucky, albeit a little ashamed, that I can sell off some bottles and make a sizable dent in the cost. I know both of us will get more enjoyment out of the extra space than the wine.

jburman82: Looks like we have something in common here. I don't feel bad. Just surprised at myself. I was pretty adamant about this when I started collecting. You're right about priorities. It's just a bottle of wine. The nice thing about it is that it's made every year and there will always be more great bottles.
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
If I had any FGs or Carrudes de Lafittes to sell, I would so in a heartbeat. I don't think there is anything wrong with selling your wine. If it has appreciated in value, more power to you.



i agree. nothing at all wrong with selling your wines. if i own a wine that i purchased for $90, but for whatever reason it has now appreciated to $300+, I would think long and hard about drinking it. if it's a wine I really wanna drink, then it would be a no-brainer for me and i'd keep it (i.e.; 2007 Saxum JBV). but if it's something i'm iffy about i'd probably sell and purchase something for $300 that i really wanna drink.

i recently sold off some off vintage first growths and some 2003 classified growths because i would prefer the money go to rhone blends. it's just a question of preference. for me personally, i'd rather a good vintage $240 bottle of SQN than a bottle mediocre vintage Mouton. but that's just where I am now.
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Originally posted by VanCityWino:
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Originally posted by godx:
If it wasn’t so hard to sell wine around here, I would definitely be selling a few cases for the following reasons: my tastes have changed and I over bought certain wines.


You should post a thread up, there are a few of us in the area that might be interested
I will put together a list this week and make a post in the Buying/Selling forum.
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Originally posted by godx:
If it wasn’t so hard to sell wine around here, I would definitely be selling a few cases for the following reasons: my tastes have changed and I over bought certain wines.


I don't think it is too hard to sell wine here if you've got some posting track record. I've been meaning to post a bunch of bottles for months now. Maybe over the holidays when I have some time
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
If I had any FGs or Carrudes de Lafittes to sell, I would so in a heartbeat. I don't think there is anything wrong with selling your wine. If it has appreciated in value, more power to you.

I'm still in the "Buy-to-Drink-in-the-Future" mode although that is slowly moving over to the "Just Drink" phase.


ah well, guess i won't be opening one with you then. off to auction
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
If I had any FGs or Carrudes de Lafittes to sell, I would so in a heartbeat. I don't think there is anything wrong with selling your wine. If it has appreciated in value, more power to you.

I'm still in the "Buy-to-Drink-in-the-Future" mode although that is slowly moving over to the "Just Drink" phase.


ah well, guess i won't be opening one with you then. off to auction
How about you sell a 6-pack of your Lafites and purchase a Grange, Masseto, and Yquem that you can open with me instead? Big Grin
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by mpls wine guy:
I fortunately have not had to sell off any of my wine. I would have no problem if the need came up though. When my son finishes high school and needs money to further his education I may be forced to sell some. But I have ten years to wait for that.


No... you have 18 years to plan on that! Razz

Too funny! I planned for 18 years on this, and when it became apparent that my daughter just wasn't a college type of gal is when I started "investing" the college savings into wine.

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