Was drinking with my tasting group over the weekend and this topic came up. Curious what others think about platforms, tech, tools, accessibility, etc. that you wish you had as a collector. I’ll start with a few of the things that come up in my group:
more detailed provenance on auction sites. “stored at professional wine storage facility” on a 30+ yo wine is probably leaving some key details/stops out.
Also would be nice to know how many times a bottle has been traded.List item. Seen some wines that have 4+ different auction house/retailer stickers plastered all over the bottle. Shocking no one when it doesn’t show well.
Any worthwhile transportation alternative to fedex/ups and/or an inexpensive way to log temps while in shipment with guarantees from shipper and/or source
Ability to buy/trade wines more easily in the US. Have always been envious of those in the EU that can buy/store/sell wines in bond. I know it’s difficult here with all of our archaic compliance/state by state laws but a guy can dream
a site where I can easily find all pertinent wine info in one location. data nerds unite
i want to be able to reserve wines in advance at restaurants with one click so that when i arrive, it’s already on the table without having to waste time looking at a list, waiting, it’s sold out, etc.
as a commercial storage customer, i want to be able to browse other collections for items to purchase directly from another collector and transferred seamlessly into my “collection”
Blockchain tech can easily solve for this and I suspect this will be normal auction transaction history in the future. We all value provenance so this seems like a natural evolution the market will demand. I’ll assume that in ten years, the majority of wineries will have their bottles identified on chain. For my own pockets, I can only hope that Ethereum or Solana will be that preferred chain