Wine Auction at Charlie Palmer

Last night at Porta Via in Beverly Hills an intimate wine gathering ensued in The Bar Room to taste some of the wines that will be featured in Spectrum Wine Auctions' Spring auction. If Rothschild, Petrus, Latour or Harlan Estate ring a bell, then read on. The actual auction takes place on April 24 at 8pm at Charlie Palmer in Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza in Cost Mesa, and features wines from the collection of Aubrey McClendon Part II and the Historic Collection of Dr. George Primbs. The auction will be simulcast in Hong Kong – and according to Food & Wine magazine this month, the Chinese city boasts the best wine scene and buyers to rival New York and London at the moment. Opening bids start at $300 for Château Ausone 1945 and run up to $60,000 for Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée Conti 1971.

According to Spectrum's Director of Client Services Amanda Keston, “The Hong Kong buyer goes for big names like Latour, while the LA, California or U.S. buyer in general goes for more of a cult wine like Scarecrow or a collectible from Mondavi.” Not to say that the Hong Kong audience is not interested in a snagging a cult or collectible bottle either, “Hong Kong buyers are more text book and study scores from Robert Parker.” And let’s not forget that our Asian audience is still fairly new to the wine market and their palates might not be as evolved as Americans. OK, we hope the French are reading this.

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