How do you estimate a wine's price value?

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Recently was doing some renovations and i found many things i had that i didnt even knew exist!

Some were old vintage wine, some were just not so old.

I know nothing about wine. :p

So i was thinking of selling it on ebay.

Anyone knows how to evaluate a wine's price?
Or at least any idea of how to go about doing this?

hahah thanks guys!
  • Profile picture of the author jimbo13
    Unless it is wine for collecting (waste in my opinion ) then it will be bought to drink.

    And no one who wants a bottle of wine for the evening is going to head to Ebay.

    Vintage is no marker of quality. It is just that the grapes are of the same year.

    I suspect that you have just found bottles of normal wine. Google the labels if you really want to check. eg If it said Chateau Lafite

    If it is not French don't really bother Googling.

    So get a friend round who likes wine and open a bottle. See if it is still drinkable.

    And if so have a nice evening.

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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Newbieee There are certainly lists that speak of specific circumstances. To actually appraise it involves many things that you can't really teach over the internet. It depends on bottle quality, care, sediment, various aspects of the flavor, etc....

    I only know enough to know some of the criteria, and am not even at the level of an amateur, but I know enough to know the internet can't make you good at the aspects of the wine itself.

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    • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
      Originally Posted by jimbo13 View Post

      Unless it is wine for collecting (waste in my opinion ) then it will be bought to drink.

      And no one who wants a bottle of wine for the evening is going to head to Ebay.

      Vintage is no marker of quality. It is just that the grapes are of the same year.

      I suspect that you have just found bottles of normal wine. Google the labels if you really want to check. eg If it said Chateau Lafite

      If it is not French don't really bother Googling.

      So get a friend round who likes wine and open a bottle. See if it is still drinkable.

      And if so have a nice evening.

      Dan
      Yea i was thinking the value depends on the time when the wine is taken out from the barrel right? not how long i kept it. haha
      So i was thinking does it matter how long i kept the wine or when was the wine bottled.




      Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

      Newbieee There are certainly lists that speak of specific circumstances. To actually appraise it involves many things that you can't really teach over the internet. It depends on bottle quality, care, sediment, various aspects of the flavor, etc....

      I only know enough to know some of the criteria, and am not even at the level of an amateur, but I know enough to know the internet can't make you good at the aspects of the wine itself.

      Steve
      Yea steve, i know, haha just trying to get whatever knowledge you guys might have.
      But to really learn the art of wine appreciation and evaluation, there are expansive courses out there which i aint gonna take to just sell some bottles. haha


      I was telling my father, i'll do some research online to see how much people are paying for this.
      If its expansive and worth it, i will sell it.
      If its cheap like $20-$30, we will just open and try it.

      Then my father said "it should be the other way around"
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  • Profile picture of the author kenzo22
    Go to some well equipped liquor store and ask for such a wine, or ask how much it can cost. I think that seller in some high quality store will have the knowledge about it. Also, you can google some forums when people who love wine gather, and ask them
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Yea i was thinking the value depends on the time when the wine is taken out from the barrel right? not how long i kept it. haha
      So i was thinking does it matter how long i kept the wine or when was the wine bottled.
      Not really. Wine ages to its peak but then begins to decline in quality.

      There is a tremendous amount published online and offline by experts - do some research on the wines you have.

      You may have found some vintage wine worth something - or some bottles of old wine that tastes like vinegar.
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      • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        Not really. Wine ages to its peak but then begins to decline in quality.

        There is a tremendous amount published online and offline by experts - do some research on the wines you have.

        You may have found some vintage wine worth something - or some bottles of old wine that tastes like vinegar.
        Wow, i didnt know that.

        Thanks for the info. I will definitely read up on that.

        Originally Posted by kenzo22 View Post

        Go to some well equipped liquor store and ask for such a wine, or ask how much it can cost. I think that seller in some high quality store will have the knowledge about it. Also, you can google some forums when people who love wine gather, and ask them
        Yup, i went down to my local wine store.
        And i didnt see any of my exact wine on the shelf.

        Went online, initial search comes up with people and wine portals saying its not available anymore.
        But the weird thing is out of my 8 bottles, the 2006 bottle which is the "youngest" is no more available. lol..
        So i dont know if that means its more priceless! hehehe
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        Not really. Wine ages to its peak but then begins to decline in quality.

        There is a tremendous amount published online and offline by experts - do some research on the wines you have.

        You may have found some vintage wine worth something - or some bottles of old wine that tastes like vinegar.
        BTW the word vinegar is FRENCH! It's meaning? SOUR WINE!

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        • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
          Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

          Here's how I grade wine:

          Wine in a box
          Wine in a bottle with a screw-top
          Wine in a bottle with a cork
          Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

          I agree, Kurt - the problem with a cork is I have to remember where I put the corkscrew.

          Well i had the experience quite long ago when i opened a very old wine that we kept for so long.

          Finally we opened it by using a corkscrew and the cork just crumble into "sand-like" dropping back into the bottle. We ended up pouring the wine tru a sieve into cups and drank it anyway !:p
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Here's how I evaluate wine for price . . . if it costs more than I have in my pocket it's overpriced.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      By the time I stopped drinking this my drinking days were over.
      Ha ha, that takes me back. I had my share of that when I was ... ahem ... not quite of legal age to partake in it's fruity goodness.
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        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

        Ha ha, that takes me back. I had my share of that when I was ... ahem ... not quite of legal age to partake in it's fruity goodness.
        Same here Dennis. All I can say is a lot of us wore army jackets back in those days and they were multi-use garments,if you know what I mean.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
          Originally Posted by KimW View Post

          Same here Dennis. All I can say is a lot of us wore army jackets back in those days and they were multi-use garments,if you know what I mean.
          I do indeed. I haven't had that in probably 40 years, but as I recall it wasn't bad for the price. If memory serves, a bottle cost like 98 cents or right around there. It did the trick. :rolleyes:
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          • Profile picture of the author Kay King
            I agree, Kurt - the problem with a cork is I have to remember where I put the corkscrew.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Here's how I grade wine:

    Wine in a box
    Wine in a bottle with a screw-top
    Wine in a bottle with a cork
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    crack it open, have a slurp, and think of a number
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    There's one sure way to know what a wine is worth. Drink it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      There's one sure way to know what a wine is worth. Drink it.
      Hey sal!
      wads up..

      I do want to know the price but i also would like to sell. haha
      So by the time i drink it would be too late.

      And i also am not the kind of know how to evaluate a wine just by tasting.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Yeah - I realize there are special ways to tell if wines are excellent or not - such as swirling it in a glass then seeing if it runs down the side in "fingers" - and by also swirling and smelling the "bouquet" etc. But the final test for me is how it tastes - do I LIKE it or is it just "impressively priced and branded"?

    As for me, I would just as soon drink a bottle of Tosti Asti-spumante at the price of between 10 and 15 bucks as a Bottle of Dom that is running around the $100 range -- because I LIKE it better.

    If you're talking about pricing you OWN wines - have a few wine tasting parties and split test the pricing and see how many buy at what prices.
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