The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-03-27T22:03:24Z Penfolds 2014 re-corking dates confirmed 2014-03-27T22:03:24Z penfolds-2014-re-corking-dates-confirmed ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – Friday 28th March 2014 – Penfolds have released the dates for the Australian segment of their travelling re-corking clinics. The locations have yet to be confirmed and bookings will be open when all of the details have been announced.   Many collectors and enthusiasts take their old bottles along to the clinics in the hope of increasing the value. Wine auctioneer Mark Wickman said people with old bottles should be aware that it works both ways and if the bottle fails the clinic its value will too.   “The clinics are a great place to get an old bottle of Penfolds re-conditioned and evaluated for its ability to still be drinking soundly,” Wickman said.   “But anybody hoping for a quick profit on the bottle of Grange they paid $200 for in a garage sale should be aware of the risk involved too.”   The dates of the re-corking clinics.   ###   Visit Wickman’s online at www.wickman.net.au   Notes for Editors: About Wickman Fine Wine Auctions; Wickman’s have been providing independent market intelligence and advice on the wine auction sector since 2003. It is the only company in Australia with a wealth of proprietary software resources that aggregates key data published by the leading Australian auction houses.   Distinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities.   Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for its members.  1955 Hunter Valley Wine Smashes Auction Expectations 2013-09-15T03:29:04Z 1955-hunter-valley-wine-smashes-auction-expectations ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - September 15th, 2013 -- Iain Riggs, head winemaker at Brokenwood Wines and chairman of trustees for the Len Evans Tutorial, an invitation only annual wine education event held in the Hunter Valley, paid a record price at auction last month to bring an extremely rare and historical Hunter valley wine from the 1950’s to the talented scholars selected for this year's classes.Each year twelve fully paid scholarships are offered to selected applicants in the wine industry to spend a week in the Hunter Valley tasting the great wines of the world, young and old, in a series of blind tastings, master classes and dinners.Riggs turned to independent wine auction house, Wickmans, for hard to source old Australian wines, buying not only the 58 year old Lindeman’s Coolalta but also a 1965 McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant OH Hermitage Shiraz, a 1966 Penfolds Bin 426 Shiraz Ouillade and a 1969 Woodley’s Burgundy.The 1955 Lindeman’s is extremely rare at auction and in this case far exceeded its starting price of $200. Mark Wickman, auctioneer, notes that “the hammer price of $751 has set a benchmark for years to come”.The Hunter Valley’s Coolalta vineyard, source of the Lindeman’s grapes, was first planted by the Wilkinson family in 1866 and was acquired by Lindeman’s in 1915. It is a steep vineyard which produced both the red Hermitage and a white Burgundy. The vineyard has long held a worldwide reputation for high quality wines, even picking up medals at the Bordeaux Exhibition in the 1880s.Unsurprisingly, Australian reds this old are increasingly rare and are hotly contested when they appear at auction. Despite their age, they can offer good drinking and this is recognised by not only local connoisseurs but also those from Asia and further afield.###Notes for Editors:About The Len Evans TutorialEach year the Len Evans Foundation Trustees invite wine scholars to participate in the Len Evans Tutorial. Over a five-day period the 12 scholars are exposed to the great wines of the world, young and old. The Len Evans Foundation Trustees: Brian Croser, James Halliday, Iain Riggs, Basil Sellers.http://lenevanstutorial.com.au/ About Wickmans Wine AuctionsDistinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities.Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for its members.http://www.wickman.net.au/ Penfolds Grange Release Could Make You Pour 2013-05-01T21:58:24Z penfolds-grange-release-could-make-you-pour ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – Wednesday 2nd May, 2013 – Auctioneer Mark Wickman’s latest wine investment review has given only 2 stars out of a possible 5 to famed Penfolds Grange latest 2008 vintage release. Wickman expects it to sell between $620 and $785 on the day of release with no way of getting the initial investment back over time. “The secondary market is skewed towards domestic trading only and is decades away from any investor achieving even their initial outlay”, Wickman said. It may be possible to capitalise on the supply shortage in Australia for a short time but you need to draw a lesson from the history of the 1998 vintage, another hyped Grange, which achieved good results at auction for some time after release until a flood of exported bottles found their way back to Australia, like a flock of homing pigeons, and collapsed the price, it then makes the long term view less appealing.Average trading prices over the last year for earlier vintages adds weight to the review. Grange that was purchased 10 years ago to the day, when sold at auction, barely covers the cost of storing and insuring it for that time. Penfolds Grange is certainly undervalued on the world stage, but until there is a long term sustainable demand from the likes of either China or the USA, real Grange prices on the Australian secondary market will continue to rise on par with inflation rather than the speculative yields often quoted by those hoping to turn a quick dollar. Mark Wickman is the auctioneer at online wine auction house Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions. The full wine review is available at:http://www.wickman.net.au/wineauction/wine-investment/wine-investment-reviews.aspx  A reference of all vintages of Penfolds Grange prices in list form is available at:http://www.wickman.net.au/wineauction/Grange_prices.aspx   ### Visit Wickman’s online at www.wickman.net.au  Notes for Editors: About Wickman Fine Wine Auctions; Wickman’s have been providing independent market intelligence and advice on the wine auction sector since 2003. It is the only company in Australia with a wealth of proprietary software resources that aggregates key data published by the leading Australian auction houses.  Distinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities.  Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for its members.  Wine Auction House Gives Away Wine Photography to Journalists and Bloggers 2013-03-22T04:08:54Z wine-auction-house-gives-away-wine-photography-to-journalists-and-bloggers ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - Friday March 22, 2013 – Wine bloggers often need various photographs of wine bottles or wine related scenes to enhance their publications and may not have the resources to create their own or the budget to use a stock image service which more often than not lack the specific images required.  Wickman’s have released an initial set of images online to their website that bloggers and journalists may browse and download. Other images will be released on a regular basis over the course of the year and will be available, royalty free, to use in online publications. Royalty free refers to material that may be used for commercial benefit without paying royalties to the original creator.  “Wine related publications and bloggers can help themselves to whichever images they like,” says wine auctioneer Mark Wickman. “I plan to upload many more over the next 12 months; it is quite a time consuming task sorting through 10 years of wine photography”. The images will be available for download from the Wickman’s website at:http://www.wickman.net.au/wineauction/royalty-free/wine-images.aspx Other timely reference material available for bloggers are a list of current and historical prices paid for all vintages of Penfolds Grange. Penfolds Grange will be released to the public officially on the 2nd May 2013:http://www.wickman.net.au/wineauction/Grange_prices.aspx  ###  Visit Wickman’s online at www.wickman.net.au Notes for Editors:About Wickman Fine Wine Auctions; Wickman’s have been providing independent market intelligence and advice on the wine auction sector since 2003. It is the only company in Australia with a wealth of proprietary software resources that aggregates key data published by the leading Australian auction houses.   Distinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities.  Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for members. Top 25 Traded Australian Wines of 2012 2012-12-27T00:19:41Z top-25-traded-australian-wines-of-2012 ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – Thursday December 27, 2012 -- Wickman's Fine Wine Auctions release the annual list of top 25 Australian wines sold through Australian wine auctions by volume for the 2012 period.Euro-failing countries and looming fiscal cliffs did not deter fine wine drinkers from indulging in their favourite aged tipple this year.During 2012 Australian fine wine drinkers turned over approximately 17.5 million dollars via Australia’s five specialist fine wine auction houses.While the wine auction market in Asia continues to drop, Australia and Australian secondary market wines have remained relatively steady with only minor gains and falls in average trading prices of the 25 leading auction wines (by volume) of 2012.The full table is available with commentary at: http://www.wickman.net.au/wineauction/wines/top-auction-wines.aspx  A reference of Australia’s leading wine auctions by category and volume traded is available at: http://www.wickman.net.au/wineauction/wine-auction-guide.aspx   ###   Visit Wickman’s online at www.wickman.net.au   Notes for Editors: About Wickman Fine Wine Auctions; Wickman’s have been providing independent market intelligence and advice on the wine auction sector since 2003. It is the only company in Australia with a wealth of proprietary software resources that aggregates key data published by the leading Australian auction houses. Distinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities. Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for its members.  Australia's Top 8 Wine Auctions Revealed 2012-12-06T21:06:21Z auctioneer-releases-guide-to-the-leading-wine-auction-houses-in-australia ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – Wednesday December 7, 2012 -- Wickman's Fine Wine Auctions today released, online, an important summary of the leading wine auction houses in Australia, giving collectors and investors of fine wine a point of reference navigating the secondary wine market. "Wine auctions allow sellers and buyers to anonymously negotiate a fair price for uncommon and rare wines in a public marketplace." says auctioneer Mark Wickman. "As is often the case, the value of the wine is known only to the buyer and depends on their tastes and personal experiences and it is the online auctioneers responsibility to manage signals from both the seller and buyer to enable a fair price to be transacted for the goods."Most online auction sites do this by providing historical price information, gathered from past sales around Australia, and feeding them to potential buyers as estimates. Wickman also sees wine auctions playing a greater role in the wine marketing arena. "Many wineries see the secondary market only as a clearing house for the previous year’s unsold stock. However, a wine auction can be a very strong advocate and influencer for those brands keeping the memory of those wines circulating in the public domain for decades." Wickman said. Australia plays only a very minor role within the global secondary fine wine market with the major auction houses such as Christies, Sotheby’s, Zachys and Spectrum wines using Hong Kong as their Asian trading hub. "As a nation, we have never really acquired any quantity of Bordeaux or Burgundy over the years and our main focus has always been on Australian premier wines such as Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace.” Wickman said. “It will never change until such time as the tax regime is reworked to facilitate the importation or passage of ultra fine international wines across our borders.”The guide is available at:http://www.wickman.net.au/wineauction/wine-auction-guide.aspx ### Visit Wickman’s online at www.wickman.net.au Notes for Editors: About Wickman Fine Wine Auctions;Wickman’s have been providing independent market intelligence and advice on the wine auction sector since 2003. It is the only company in Australia with a wealth of proprietary software resources that aggregates key data published by the leading Australian auction houses. Distinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities.Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for its members.  Wickman's Fine Wine Auctions release wine blog review list 2012-09-02T08:29:17Z wickman-s-fine-wine-auctions-release-wine-blog-review-list ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - Sunday September 2, 2012 -- Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions today released, online, an important document listing some of Australia’s most active and influential wine blogs in response to consumer demand for more independent and unbiased opinions after recent trust issues surrounding certain professional and influential wine reviewers. “Of course the list is incomplete at the moment and I have seeded it with just a few of the wine blogs that come to my attention on a day to day basis”, said wine auctioneer, Mark Wickman. “That will quickly change as I review and list newly discovered wine bloggers each week”, Wickman said. The list will feature Australian and New Zealand bloggers and a cross section of international ones with the list being updated and trimmed on a frequent basis. The wine blog list is available here: Wickman’s wine blog list for Australia and New Zealand ### Visit Wickman’s online at www.wickman.net.au Notes for Editors:About Wickman Fine Wine Auctions;Wickman’s have been providing independent market intelligence and advice on the wine auction sector since 2003. It is the only company in Australia with a wealth of proprietary software resources that aggregates key data published by the leading Australian auction houses.Distinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities.Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for its members. Wickman's Fine Wine Auctions Release Guide to Online Wine Selling 2012-08-12T07:34:14Z wickman-s-fine-wine-auctions-release-guide-to-online-wine-selling ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – Sunday August 12, 2012 -- Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions today released, online, an important document analysing the secondary market sales channels available to private individuals or business charged with the disposal of assets. “It is more a quick and dirty summary.” Said auctioneer Mark Wickman. It is geared towards students, reporters and researchers seeking an introduction to this important area of the wine market. It covers some of the key elements surrounding selling wine and many questions often asked about selling wine in Australia, mainly by private individuals.Regularly updated Penfolds Grange price points, a Penfolds Grange investment summary and a detailed Penfolds Grange buying and selling background document that are also available online from Wickman’s. The online guide to sell wine online is available at:http://www.wickman.net.au/wineauction/sell_wine/sell_wine_online.aspx ### Visit Wickman’s online at www.wickman.net.au Notes for Editors: About Wickman Fine Wine Auctions; Wickman’s have been providing independent market intelligence and advice on the wine auction sector since 2003. It is the only company in Australia with a wealth of proprietary software resources that aggregates key data published by the leading Australian auction houses. Distinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities.Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for its members.References online for wine collectors and fine wine enthusiasts* Penfolds Wines on the auction market* Penfolds Grange Price list and Penfolds Grange as a wine investment* Basics of Buying, Selling, Cellaring and Drinking Penfolds Grange wines* Selling wine online in Australia Unique Collection of Penfolds Special Bin Wines to be Broken up at Auction 2012-07-20T00:49:16Z unique-collection-of-penfolds-special-bin-wines-to-be-broken-up-and-sold-at-auction-this-july ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – July 20, 2012 -- A unique collection of Penfolds special bin wines is amongst the highlights of Wickman's July fine wine auction sale taking place online this month. Australia's top wine collectors have been invited to take part and place bids online. The special bin collection, of exceptional quality bottles boasting outstanding provenance, comprises a dozen of the rarest and most famous of the special bin range and has been split into individual bottle lots for the July auction. The highlights of the collection include:1962 Penfolds bin 60a - A wine that has been listed amongst the world’s most famous wines to try before you die.The 1973 Penfolds bin 169 Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon and the 1973 Penfolds bin 170 Kalimna shiraz, wines that were destined to be blended into a 1970's version of the bin 60a but were bottled separately, possibly due to a lack of cabernet fruit in that year.The auction closes at 8:00pm Adelaide time on Monday the 23rd of July. Reference pages for wine collectors and fine wine enthusiastsPenfolds Wines on the auction marketPenfolds Grange Price list Basics of Buying, Selling, Cellaring and Drinking Penfolds Grange winesSelling wine on the auction market ### ENDS ### Visit Wickman’s online at www.wickman.net.au Notes for Editors:About Wickman Fine Wine Auctions;Distinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in Adelaide, South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities.Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for its members. Author: Mark Wickman Wickmans Fine Wine Auctions Releases Penfolds Auction Summary 2012-07-02T22:14:13Z wickmans-fine-wine-auctions-releases-penfolds-auction-summary ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - Tuesday July 3, 2012 -- With little fanfare, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions today released, online, an important trading summary of Penfolds Wine on the auction market in Australia that addresses a shortfall in available information. A “quick and dirty” summary, it will be the first in a series of documents to be published that are geared towards students, reporters and researchers seeking an introduction to this important sector of the wine market. It covers some of the key elements surrounding Penfolds including annual release dates and a brief auction trading history with price points.Other summaries including regular updated Penfolds Grange price points, Penfolds Grange investment summary and a detailed Penfolds Grange buying and selling background document are also available online from Wickman’s.The summary is available at:http://www.wickman.net/wineauction/Penfolds_wines.aspx ### Visit Wickman’s online at www.wickman.net.au Notes for Editors:About Wickman Fine Wine Auctions;Wickman’s have been providing independent market intelligence and advice on the wine auction sector since 2003. It is the only company in Australia with a wealth of proprietary software resources that aggregates key data published by the leading Australian auction houses.Distinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities.Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for its members. Penfolds Grange Frequently Asked Questions 2012-04-15T21:26:22Z penfolds-grange-frequently-asked-questions ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – April 15, 2012 -- With the annual release of the Penfolds premium wines almost upon us, Wickmans have released a 'frequently asked questions' document in an response to the inevitable flood of queries they receive from current and prospective Penfolds Grange buyers and sellers each year."The document succinctly covers a number of common questions we are often asked at this time of year", Wine auctioneer Mark Wickman said. "We will also be featuring video tasting notes of the 2007 Penfolds Grange, 707 and other premium release wines on our YouTube channel very shortly in May", he said.Already published and recently updated is a comprehensive list of aggregated prices paid for Penfolds Grange going back to 1951 at auction around Australia and a review of its current investment potential.Penfolds Grange Frequently Asked Questions online at http://www.wickman.net/wineauction/Grange_FAQ.aspxPenfolds Grange price history and investment briefing at:http://www.wickman.net/wineauction/Grange_prices.aspxVideo tasting notes of all Penfolds premium release wines to be published on the Wickmans Fine Wine Auction YouTube channel in May 2012 at: http://www.youtube.com/user/WickWineAuction###Visit Wickman’s online at www.wickman.net.au Notes for Editors:About Wickman Fine Wine Auctions;Distinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities.Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for its members. Latest Penfolds Grange Secondary Market Figures Released 2012-03-01T04:35:04Z latest-penfolds-grange-secondary-market-figures-released ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – March 1, 2012 -- From the mid 1950's through to the late 1990's, if you purchased the latest release Penfolds Grange from your local bottle shop at the Penfolds recommended retail price you could expect to make a tidy profit by reselling it within a few months and even more if it was a great vintage and you held it for a decade or two. That all changed when Penfolds upped the recommended retail price in the late 1990's to the, then, current auction price. Since then Penfolds have been steadily increasing the retail price until it now leads the auction price by a significant amount.A comprehensive list of aggregated prices paid for Penfolds Grange going back to 1951 at auction around Australia is online at the Wickman's website as well as an overview of Penfolds Grange pricing history and its current investment potential.The list and report is available online at http://www.wickman.net.au/wineauction/Grange_Prices.aspx###Visit Wickman’s online at www.wickman.net.au Notes for Editors:About Wickman Fine Wine Auctions;Distinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities.Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for its members. Auctioneer's YouTube Plan Makes Mature Wine Buyers See Red 2012-02-03T03:47:37Z auctioneer-s-youtube-plan-makes-mature-wine-buyers-see-red ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – February 3, 2012 -- Wickman's have begun talks with a number of private winecollectors to develop a broader offering of wine related YouTube videos to encourage more people to purchase their wine online by reducing risk and making them more comfortable about the pedigree and history of their collections."A significant issue that most people have when buying any fragile, older wine at auction is the 'drinking window' and the surety that it has been stored well." said wine auctioneer Mark Wickman. "We intend to give our wine buyers as many visual clues as possible about its storage and history by videoing the actual processes we normally undertake when evaluating wine." Wickman said.Videos of the actual cellars the wine have been stored in for the last few decades will accompany the lot description online as well as the opening and inspection of original cartons as they are presented to us, right down to organised tasting panels consisting of respected members of the wine community to establish if the wine in question is still within its drinking window. "As far as we are aware, we are the first to offer this type of service for wine auctions in Australia if not for the world", Wickman said.Wine Tasting Panel to determine drinking windows:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3gLAFN9Wh0 Wine inspection for Various 1971 & 1970 Penfolds Grange + 1982 & 1977 Lakes Folly Cabernet:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPjqgrizM7sWine inspection for an unopened case of 1972 Penfolds Grange:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W3WDeDD6nU ###Visit Wickman’s online at www.wickman.net.au Notes for Editors:About Wickman Fine Wine Auctions;Distinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities.Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for its members. TOP 25 TRADED AUCTION WINES OF 2011 2011-12-21T03:08:10Z top-25-selling-auction-wines-of-2011 ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - December 21, 2011 -- Wickman's Fine Wine Auctions has released its list of the top 25 wines sold by volume at wine auction for the 2011 period.The data is aggregated from publicly available sales data from four of Australia's leading wine auction houses. "Penfolds took out 19 of the 25 positions with their 1998 bin 389 cabernet shiraz blend taking out the top position and seven different vintages of Penfolds Grange from the nineties taking out seven other rankings." said wine auctioneer Mark Wickman. Other wineries that were also highly traded were d'Arenberg the dead arm shiraz, Rockford basket press shiraz, Fox Creek reserve shiraz and Wynn's Coonawarra Estate Michael shiraz. The full list and rankings sorted by volume plus average price paid appear online at:http://www.wickman.net.au/wineauction/contentrdr.aspx?art=Top_Auction_Wines_2011 ### Notes for Editors: About Wickman Fine Wine Auctions; Distinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities. Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for its members. Visit Wickman’s online at www.wickman.net.au No Sour Grapes for Mum's 50th Birthday! Rare Penfolds 1962 Wine Sells for Bargain Price of $2,500 2011-12-04T21:17:15Z no-sour-grapes-for-mum-s-50th-birthday-rare-penfolds-1962-wine-sells-for-bargain-price-of-2-500 ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - December 5, 2011 -- Two bottles of Penfolds 1962 Bin 60a, considered by influential UK magazine Decanter as one of the worlds greatest ever wines produced, were sold for $2,500 each in a deal brokered after the recent auction they had been offered in had officially closed. "The wine did not initially sell at auction with such a cautious market and the estimate was a little higher than buyers were prepared to pay." said auctioneer Mark Wickman. The bottles, discovered in a closet by an Adelaide couple earlier this year whilst spring cleaning, are destined to become a surprise birthday present next year for a wine loving mother. "I'm going to wait until the Penfolds re-corking clinic to taste them and have them re-corked. It will be a good opportunity to meet Peter Gago and other Penfolds enthusiasts. Next year will also be the birthday of both the bin 60A's and my mother. Perfect timing." the anonymous Sydney buyer said. Wickman's current auction featuring mature Penfolds Grange and many other Australian iconic wines plus bottles of vintage French Champagne just in time for Christmas and New Year closes tonight and will re-open with fresh, old wine in January 2012. ### Notes for Editors: About Wickman Fine Wine Auctions; Distinguished by innovation and driven by passion, Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions has been a lively and profitable meeting ground for wine buyers and sellers since 2003. A family business based in South Australia, Wickman’s prides itself on its position as a reliable resource with a well-spring of extraordinary values and opportunities. Over the years, Wickman’s has continued to launch unique initiatives in an attempt to set the company apart from traditional online wine auction websites, introducing guaranteed provenance into Australian wine auctions and holding regular wine tasting events and dinners for its members. Visit Wickman’s online at www.wickman.net.au