Monday, July 7, 2008

Interesting Situation

Q: I have a collection of 200 to 300 California and Bordeaux reds from the 1970s thru mid-1980s, including first- and second-growths, Heitz Martha's, Mondavi, BV, Diamond Creek, etc., and would like to sell most of it. I have been away from collecting for well over a decade and do not know who the reputable auction houses and retailers are. How do I assemble such a list? -- Mike Dolan

A: Wine Spectator covers sales results from the country's seven leading auction houses. Print subscribers can find a list of the major auction firms in the calendar within the Collecting section, and online subscribers can access's Auction Calendar. Subscribers also receive the benefits of expert analysis and comprehensive coverage of the wine auction market, essential to making good decisions about buying and selling.