Online Auction of Fine Wines, Beer & Spirits in Time for the Holidays

BOSTON, Mass. – October 29, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will hold a Fine Wines – Online auction beginning November 6, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EST and concluding on November 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. EST. With a broad spectrum of wines, beer, and spirits from across the globe, the auction offers an approachable selection and affords buyers the opportunity to discover the perfect complement to any holiday gathering. The online sale will attract both collectors seeking to broaden their cellar holdings as well as enthusiasts interested in ready-to-drink wines. What could be better to bring home for the holidays than the perfect Champagne for New Years, a large format bottle to share with family and friends, or a bottle of Port or Cognac to enjoy while sitting by a blazing fire?

Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon Magnums

Fine Wines

The Fine Wines – Online auction invites discovery; from large single bottles to entire cases of first growth Bordeaux, a broad spectrum of fine wines will be available for bidding. Horizontal and vertical lots as well as dinner party lots provide a road map to those looking to explore terroir, vintages, and pairings.

“Jump in and bid,” suggests department director Marie Keep. “When the auction ends, you could find yourself with an instant collection of interesting wines that span the globe and provide a foundation for future growth.”

For those interested in domestic wines, Napa valley is well represented by a matrix of vintages and vintners spanning the past several decades: verticals of Harlan Estate (6 bottles, estimate $2,400 to $3,250), Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (12 bottles, estimate $700 to $900), Araujo (9 bottles, estimate $900 to $1,300) and Philip Togni (12 bottles, estimate $750 to $1,000) alongside multi-vintage, multi-vineyard lots from Turley (estimates vary), Robert Foley (12 bottles, estimate $400 to $600), and Arietta (10 bottles, estimate $400-$600) among others.

Vetted by Skinner fine wines specialists, the back vintages offered in the online auction are not available at retail. The majority of these wines have been carefully cellared by New England collectors; many are offered at their peak.

Daniel Webster Whiskey 1917, 3 flasks (Estimate $300-$500)

Beer and Spirits

Skinner was the first brick-and-mortar auction house to present beer live at auction, recently selling a single bottle of Cantillon Don Quijote for $1,586. A market for fine beer worthy of ageing has emerged, and public interest in microbreweries, beer bars, and beer tastings keeps on growing. In a recent article in Food & Wine magazine, Skinner specialist and Certified Cicerone® Michael Moser discussed the growing interest in fine and vintage ales, a trend that has been called the “wine-ification” of beer.

This online auction offers an opportunity to pursue world class ales: demi-bottles of Pikkulinnum Viskilambic (1 demi-bottle, estimate $500-$700) and Don Quijote from Cantillon (1 demi-bottle, estimate $600 to $900), J&J Blauw and J&J Rose from Drie Fonteinen (estimate $500 to $700), Cable Car Kriek from the Lost Abbey (1 bottle, estimate $700 to $1,000), two batches of Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company, and many more.

Offering both pre- and post-Prohibition spirits – including a handful of bottles distilled before and bottled after the “Great Experiment” – this auction provides a rare chance to experience spirits from a bygone era of American history. M.E. Bellows Sherwood Rye from 1880 (1 bottle, estimate $125 to $200), Daniel Webster whiskey distilled in 1917 (3 bottles, estimate $300-$500) and early Mount Vernon Pure Rye Whiskey (1 bottle, estimate $125 to $200) join modern classics such as Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23 Year Old (3 bottles, estimate $3,000-$4,500), nine releases of George T. Stagg Cask Strength (estimates vary), and the original releases of A.H. Hirsch 16 and 20 year old distilled in 1974.

Online Bidding on the Skinner Website

The November wine auction combines the convenience of an online platform with the confidence that each lot comes from carefully vetted cellars and is backed by expert knowledge. Bidders can participate easily from home, with the understanding that Skinner fine wine specialists are available to answer questions. To participate, simply create an account on the Skinner website.

Live Auction in February, 2014

The Skinner Fine Wines department is pleased to announce that they will now host three to four wine auctions each year. “These added sales will provide a continuum throughout the year for both buying and consigning wine at auction,” says director Marie Keep. Online auctions will alternate with live auctions at the Skinner Boston Gallery. Both styles of Skinner wine auctions will offer everything from single bottles for personal enjoyment to high-end investment grade wines; however, online auctions will provide convenience and variety, while live auctions will celebrate the best that wine has to offer in focused, high-energy events.

The next Fine Wines auction will take place live in Boston in February, 2014.

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, important musical instruments, rare books, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery

auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names

in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series Antiques Roadshow since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts,

with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through

the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the Skinner website at, find us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.



Marie Keep
Director of Fine Wines

Kate de Bethune
Director of Marketing

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