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The Plan

21 Jun

'85 Haut Bages Liberal, a recent purchase of mine from Spectrum

So for the past several weeks, I’ve been on vacation in Central Asia and then I’ve moved to Southern Africa with a lovely 33 hours of transit in between.  Now I’m tanned, rested, and happy, and despite the sadly frequently power outages here in Harare, I’m ready to blog with a passion on wine auctions around the globe.

So what’s the plan for the next few weeks?

  • Continue tweeting on a regular, hopefully daily, basis at;
  • Updating the “Upcoming Auctions” calendar at the bottom of the page;
  • Preview the June 26th Hart Davis Hart auction in Chicago;
  • Review the past two wine auctions at Skinner in Boston;
  • Share with you some of my recent purchases at auction; and
  • Start a basic primer on bidding for wines to drink at auction.

I’m going to get cracking on all of this post haste.  In the meantime, please do send me any comments, questions, concerns, World Cup picks, or whatever to josh [at]  As this blog and this site grow, I will continue to depend of the insight and suggestions of my readers, so please don’t be shy, drop me a line.

Watch this space and talk to you all soon.

Off Climbing Mountains

3 Jun

Off climbing mountains in Tajikistan, so posts and tweets will be few and far between until about two weeks from now. More here at my personal blog:

Talk to you all then.

The Wine Auction Spy Manifesto

12 May

There are a seemingly endless number of websites, blogs, and, for that matter, newsletters and magazines devoted to wine.  Out of all of them, however, none primarily focus on the selling of wine at auction.

Certainly, Wine Spectator has extensive information on auctions on its Collecting page and Liv-ex mentions big sales now and again, but there is no single source online that offers in-depth analysis of wine auctions on a consistent basis.  This is especially true for those of us who come to auctions searching for bargains to drink rather than for First Growth Bordeaux to trade like so many pork bellies, as Tim Atkin MW puts it.

That’s where Wine Auction Spy comes in to fill the gap.

What I’m aiming to do with this site is to provide timely previews of upcoming wine auctions (both in the bricks-and-mortar world and online), reviews of what happened after wine auctions, wine auction bidding strategies and techniques, and easily accessible information about the various entities that conduct wine auctions.  While I’ll touch on investing through auctions, the prime focus will be on finding great wine at auction to drink at a great price.

I need your help as this site grows and develops, so please drop me a line at josh [at] and let me know what I can do to make this place better and more useful to you.