I am interested in acquiring some older/unique wines. I am a college student with limited funds; I consume two, ten to thirty-dollar bottles of wine per week. I do not yet own any interesting bottles. Are charity auctions good ways in which to find interesting lots at decent prices? I live in the Atlanta area, and read that an auction is coming up at the High Museum at the end of March. I commend the intent of charity auctions, but wish to know whether values can be found, or if in general, prices are inflated because of the charity aspect. I would be looking to spend a maximum of about one thousand dollars to ideally obtain a Bordeaux or Burgundy lot. I would like to purchase some wine to hold, in order to begin a collection. I appreciate any advice regarding charity auctions.
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Cosmo-- send me an e-mail, and I can help you on your quest: jaycain@mindspring.com
I live in Dunwoody

To answer your question, my experience is that these charity auctions, esp. ones (like the High's auction)sponsored by the wineries usually do not have "values." You probably won't find many "older"wines at this auction.

If you want to buy older wine at auction, the buy older wines at auction -- through Butterfields, Sothebys, Morrell, etc.

"The world needs ditch-diggers, too, Danny!"

I don't know how it is in Georgia, but out here in the Bay Area and the Napa Valley, charity auctions are a great way to find interesting or highly allocated wines, but a terrible way to get a good deal. Many people are willing to pay a premium over value for "a good cause". One can figure out their tax deductable contribution while sipping a good wine. Wink

Make Cab, not War.

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