Getting a Great Buy at a Wine Auction

Food & Wine: Ridge Monte Bello. Photo courtesy of Ridge Vineyards.
Ridge Monte Bello. Photo courtesy of Ridge Vineyards.
Here, strategies for bagging a bargain.

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Look for mixed lots.

These are less interesting to serious collectors, and so they might be good buys.

Consider vintage Champagne.

Festive wines like these are much less sought-after today.

Show up in person.

Absentee bidders can’t jump on unexpected deals.

Check out 2005 Bordeaux and Burgundies.

These sensational wines were once ultraexpensive, but prices have plummeted.

Seek out older vintages of California icons.

Montelena Estate, Ridge Monte Bello and other famous names are now significantly cheaper.

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