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Buying & Investing in Wine
- Does AWC Fine Wine sell individual bottles of wine?
Yes. AWC sells single bottle wines in many shapes and sizes, however some wines are only available in particular formats (i.e. 12 x 75cl, 6 x 75cl, etc). You may view all available formats on our wine list, by searching online, or by contacting a Wine Advisor directly for specific requests.
- Does AWC Fine Wine have a shop we can buy from?
At present AWC does not have a retail outlet, however if you would prefer to collect your stored or purchased wine from our offices then we are happy to make arrangements for you to do so. Appointments are required, so please enquire for further details.
- Does AWC Fine Wine sell spirits?
Yes. AWC sells a selection of Whisky, Cognac and Armagnac. Please refer to the online wine list, or contact an expert Wine Advisor, to make your selections.
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- Do I need to open an account to buy from AWC Fine Wine?
Yes. AWC will need to take certain details to authorise payment and to arrange delivery. Creating an account could not be simpler: either register online, or contact a Wine Advisor to get started. Account applications are subject to AWC's Terms and Conditions. The terms are similar to those of most fine wine traders and auction houses in that AWCrequres payment prior to shipment.
- Why can't I find the exact wine I am looking for?
AWC Fine Wine prides itself on sourcing and vending the world's finest wines. However, not every single wine is listed for public viewing. If you do not see the wine you are looking for, please contact a Wine Advisor for assistance. It is highly likely the wine is already with one of our private suppliers and that it can be quickly located and shipped to you.
- When will the En Primeur wine I ordered be made available?
- What are the best wines for investment? What do you currently recommend?
- Will the value of my wine increase with time?
- Why does fine wine go up in value?
- What are the advantages of wine over other investments?
See also: Wine Investment
Selling Your Wine
- Does AWC Fine Wine buy individual bottles of wine?
Yes. Please refer to the Selling Your Wine section of the website. AWC is especially keen to acquire fine and rare wines, such as Lafite Rothschild and Petrus.
- What is the best way to transport my wines to you? Are they insured for transit?
AWC Fine Wine can arrange professional transport on your behalf to collect your wines, subject to location (not all transport costs can be covered by AWC, please contact our buying team for specific details). Alternatively you may wish to arrange for the wines to be transported to AWC's cellars or to the nearest warehouse in the relevant country. If AWC arranges for the transportation of the wines, the company's insurance will provide cover for any breakage or loss. However, if you wish to arrange for the transit of the wines independently, it is your responsibility to arrange for insurance.
- You have offered me £1000 for my case of wine when your website shows that you are selling the same case for £2000. Why is there such a large difference?
AWC Fine Wine endeavours to provide best purchase values to both vendors and customers. Prices can vary considerably depending upon volume, scale of the transaction and logistical matters. Certain wines and large volume transactions are open to negotiation.
- I've inherited an old bottle of wine. Will you value it for me?
AWC can offer valuation services for particularly rare or exclusive wines that the company is interested in purchasing. However, due to high demand, the company cannot always value every single wine.
See also: Selling Your Wine
- How long will my wine be good to drink once it is opened?
- When should I use a decanter?
- How long in advance should I decant a bottle before drinking?
- At what temperature should I serve my wines? What about Château d'Yquem?
- How do I get my cellared wines to serving temperature quickly?
- Are old wines still drinkable or just for people to collect or invest in?
- When should a Premier Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux be consumed?
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- How should I store my wine?
Wines should be kept away from direct sunlight, heat, vibration and most importantly, temperature fluctuation. Keep the bottles lying on their side so the cork stays moist and does not dry out. This includes champagne.
If you have a cooling unit, cellar temperature should be maintained at 55°F (13°C), with 70% humidity. Humidity can protect the corks from drying and becoming brittle, which might cause premature aging.
- Do I need to rotate bottles in my cellar periodically?
You do not need to rotate your bottles. When the bottles lay still, the sediment collects on one side and the wines do not become cloudy or chewy. Furthermore, there is evidence that vibration or other disturbance of older wines can lead to premature aging.
- What is the anticipated maturity of my wine?
This is entirely dependent on the wine and where it is from. The greatest Bordeaux vintages can produce wines that reach ideal enjoyment at anything between 20 to 50 years of age. In general white wines mature at a faster rate than red wines but there are notable exceptions, such as fine sweet wines which can develop and improve over decades, if not centuries. Personal taste will also influence when a wine is ready to drink.
- Some of my bottles are not as full as the others. How important is the fill level?
The level of wine in the bottle is a good indication as to how the wine has been stored. If a wine has been stored upright or at the incorrect temperature, ullage (loss of wine) can occur. The fill level is important as low levels can lead to spoilage of the wine due to oxidation. However, it is possible to top up and re-cork bottles. We will be happy to advise you about this process.
- How does temperature affect wine and what is the best suited cellar temperature to mature fine wine?
The ideal temperature is 10°C (50°F) to 13°C (55°F), but several degrees either side of this is quite safe. Provided the wines do not freeze (at some way below 0°C/32°F), then it is quite safe for temperatures to drop lower than the ideal.
High temperatures can cause more problems. The wines most likely to suffer from high temperatures are aromatic white wines and Champagne, both of which are likely to lose some of their freshness and character. Any older, more fragile wines would also suffer in such conditions. Temperatures above 20ºC (68 F) rapidly sound the death knell for most wines. As a general rule, the higher the temperature, the less exposure is required to kill the wine. Just a short exposure to a temperature of 30ºC (86 F) can damage a wine.
- How do changes in temperature affect wine?
Temperature fluctuation is a great concern. The constant change in temperature experienced by a bottle of wine living next to the cooker or radiator results in an inexorable expansion and contraction of the wine cork. It may expand so much as to allow wine to seep around the cork. As the wine contracts air will be drawn in. The wine will rapidly deteriorate, taking on cooked and oxidised flavours.
Seasonal fluctuations over the course of the year (cooler in winter, less so in the summer) are of no consequence, provided the absolute temperature does not rise too high, as the change is too gradual to have any great effect on the wine.
If you have any further questions regarding the optimum storage of your wines, please contact us on +44 (0) 20 3219 5588 or firstname.lastname@example.org.