How We Can Help You Buy Wine at Auction

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How We Can Help You Buy Wine at Auction

The fall auction season is upon us, and even at this early stage, I am looking at a stack nearly 8” tall on my desk of auction catalogs, with more coming almost every day. It’s an embarrassment of riches and overwhelming at the same time. I’m sure many of you feel the same way. We know that auctions are imperfect with so many variables impacting what sells and for how much, but simply put, they are often the best and sometimes only way to find wines you are looking for. This is especially true for back vintages. At the same time, the older a wine is the more careful we must be about researching its condition and provenance before deciding what to pay or placing a bid.

Some of our clients have relied on us to help both ongoing and periodically for our entire history. We realize far more of you would like to participate in auctions but are held back by many reasonable concerns. The most common of which are below.

1. How do we tell good bottles from bad and avoid common mistakes and pitfalls?Image of Auction

2. Who has time to review photos or inspect lots before bidding?

3. How do we decide what market price really is, when catalog estimates can vary so much from house to house or sale to sale?

4. There are too many sales on the same day or close together. How do we deploy bids and capital in a conservative and rational manner?

5. Dealing with payment and shipment is a hassle, each house has different procedures

6. Reconciling what is received and verifying conditions asap is time-consuming and daunting

7. What if there is a problem at delivery? Who can handle discrepancies and condition issues for me?

The good news is that we are here to help. For a very modest cost, we can develop a bidding strategy, provide objective pricing data based on thorough review of historical results, offer insight when we know the back story on a collector, consignment or particular bottle and make sure your winnings are safely inbound to your storage or home cellar. We attend many auctions in person and even more online or by phone. Most importantly, since we are spending your money, we never get auction fever and never exceed bid limits. Even if you enjoy attending auctions, let us do the preparation before and cleanup work after. All you need to do is enjoy the show!

To learn more or join us at an upcoming sale, please contact us and let us know. It’s that easy.



Have any questions or comments about the auction process? Comment below, we’d love to hear from you.

Press Release -Domaine Napa Poised for Commercial Growth

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Contact: Brian McCann

Company: Domaine Storage

Phone: (314) 667-5328



Domaine Wine Storage Napa Poised for Commercial Growth

Wineries’ Library Collections Can Expect The Same Service As Individual Collectors


Napa, CA: Domaine Napa has positioned itself to better serve Napa Valley wineries’ library collections. Before opening officially in October 2017, Domaine held a strategic presence in Napa for receiving and safely shipping California wines to Domaine clients throughout the U.S. Peter Molinari, Domaine Napa’s General Manager and St. Helena native, was working with storage and fulfillment centers to grow Domaine’s presence and collect wine for their nationwide clients before the storage facility opened. Now, the local Napa team includes Peter and two Chicago transplants, each who served as Domaine Chicago Warehouse Managers. Four Domaine facilities and dedicated Operations, Transit, Marketing, Technology, Human Resources and Accounting personnel support the Napa Team.


Peter Molinari said, “We’ve adapted to meet the needs of the community. We’ve settled into our own space, built our private client storage base and accelerated the growth of our consolidated shipping program.” He continues, “We’ve spent the last year asking questions and listening to wineries. Continually, we heard about the difficulty in accessing library wines from storage for tastings and sales.” Adam Young, Napa’s Warehouse Manager, added, “With a larger team and efficient warehouse operations, we’re now able to support special circumstances for last minute requests, like the need of back vintage wines for a dinner tomorrow, or even in a couple hours. We understand because we’re wine people in the storage industry.”


Domaine Napa Winery Storage clients can expect the same great service and features that Domaine’s private individual clients have received for the past 15 years.


  • 8,500 sq. ft of refrigerated storage space
  • Earthquake-tested steel racking design
  • Redundant cooling and humidification system
  • Ideal storage temperatures of 55°F and 70% humidity
  • 24/7 security and systems monitoring
  • Backup generator
  • Access to a team of wine professionals with decades of industry experience
  • Ability to purchase additional insurance coverage for breakage, including earthquake coverage (in the warehouse and in transit)
  • Local and nationwide temperature-controlled shipping and pick-up options


About Domaine: Domaine is the largest network of wine storage facilities in the U.S. with facilities in Saint Louis, Chicago, New York, Washington, DC and Napa. Since 2003, Domaine has assisted wine collectors with sourcing, storing, protecting, organizing and transporting their wine. Domaine’s goal is to allow clients to enjoy their wine collection with ease and peace of mind.





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Weinbox – The Future Looks Bright

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Weinbox – The Future Looks Bright

It wasn’t all that long ago that we discovered Weinbox and introduced it to our clients.

It quickly attracted a number of fans, and we had a hard time keeping it available on both our shop and our Amazon page.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce the next evolution in Weinbox, as we’ve been named exclusive importer.


Supply and Demand of Weinbox

In the past, we’d order as many Weinboxes as we could get our hands on. However, the more we ordered, the more we had to meet the demands of our growing audience. There are plenty of variables that create supply chain headaches since we import the product from Germany. As a result, we’ve been hopeful for the right partner who could keep up with the state-side enthusiasm.


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ISOCO is the licensed manufacturer of Weinbox and will help Domaine bring it to even more consumers.

Enter ISOCO, The Licensed Manufacturer of Weinbox

We’re excited to announce our new relationship with ISOCO Plastics Technology, who brings a great deal of expertise to the manufacturing processes. Beyond producing Weinbox, ISOCO is a leading manufacturer of injection molded and fiber reinforced plastics with over 30 years of experience.

We’re thrilled to bring Weinbox to even more people in 2019.


Continued Evolution

With more Weinboxes than we ever thought possible, we’re going to incrementally build on our past success to reach even more of the product audience. This new access to inventory allows us to offer better bulk pricing for individuals and businesses. We’ve always felt that it has usage outside of our wine storage facilities and people’s homes. Restaurants, bars, retailers, wineries, breweries and distillers could all benefit from its flexible and small footprint.

Additionally, we’ve begun to re-evaluate our eCommerce offerings and shipping options to make the entire ordering process more streamlined. With a number of changes on the horizon in 2019, everyone can expect an improved shopping experience in the near future.

Ultimately, we know that offering Weinbox strengthens the relationship with our clients and deepens our connection in the wine community.


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The Weinbox is perfect for storage inside and outside the home. Being foldable and stackable allows you to grow your wine storage with ease.

Try It For Yourself

If you’re interested in trying Weinbox, you can purchase it directly via the links below. You can buy directly from our store or Amazon. Also, we offer discount pricing on bulk orders of 30 units or more.

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Press Release – Domaine Wine Storage appointed exclusive importer for Weinbox in North America

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Contact: Brian McCann

Company: Domaine Storage

Phone: (314) 667-5328




Domaine Wine Storage appointed exclusive importer for Weinbox in North America

Collectors gain increased access to one of the best wine storage solutions



Saint Louis, MO: Domaine is proud to announce an exclusive partnership with ISOCO Plastics Technology. ISOCO, a leading manufacturer of injection molded and fiber reinforced plastics, holds the license to manufacturer Weinbox worldwide. Weinbox has emerged as the ideal solution for storing loose wine bottles in a wide variety of applications. Domaine will continue to offer these crates through their storefront and their own website for small quantity orders. Wine retailers and storage facilities will have the ability to purchase higher volumes and bulk orders in 2019.


Domaine Marketing Manager, Brian McCann notes, “We are thrilled to work with ISOCO to make Weinbox more available to wine consumers throughout North America. For years, we’ve been huge fans of this product and sell as many as we can get.” He continues, “While we’ve spent countless hours improving our corrugated wine boxes for use in our facilities, Weinbox presents a great alternative that can compete with more traditional storage options inside and outside of the home.”


ISOCO brings experience and volume to the manufacturing process that will eliminate past issues of backorders, delays and shipping headaches. This means current and prospective clients can expect better availability, opportunity for bulk discounts and decreased logistics costs to destinations throughout North America.


  • Weinbox crates are made from 100% recyclable material.
  • Weinbox accommodates numerous bottle shapes including Riesling, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Magnums and other odd-sized types.
  • With front and rear access doors, collectors can easily retrieve bottles even in tall stacks, as opposed to traditional corrugated boxes.
  • Weinbox provides a long-term storage solution without risk of carboard fatigue, sagging or breakage that comes with storing in old boxes.
  • Weinbox has found fans among private collectors, wine retailers, wine storage facilities, wineries and even on cruise ships.



About Domaine: Domaine is the largest network of wine storage facilities in the U.S. with facilities in Saint Louis, Chicago, New York, Washington, DC and Napa. Since 2003, Domaine has assisted wine collectors with procuring, storing, protecting and transporting their wine. Domaine is personally invested in taking care of its client’s wine with the utmost care. Their goal is to allow clients to enjoy their wine collection with ease and peace of mind.





Wine Delivery Dates to the Hamptons

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We are already gearing up for your wine delivery needs this summer. The Domaine New York team scheduled deliveries to the Hamptons and Eastern Long Island on the following dates:

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Domaine New York is Hiring!

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Advisory3Domaine New York is hiring for three new positions: Inventory and Client Service Manager, Warehouse Associate, and Delivery Associate. Do you know someone who would be a good fit for Domaine Team?

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Thirsty Thursday – your questions explained!

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Mike ArcherThirsty Thursday is quickly approaching this month. After receiving multiple inquiries regarding the event, we are going to take this opportunity to answer your questions!

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“Back To Burgundy” — In Theaters This Week

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backtoburgundyThrough our friends at La Paulée, we were introduced to Becky Schultz of Music Box Films, the US distributor of the new film Back To Burgundy and thought you’d like to know about it.

Back To Burgundy (Ce Qui Nous Lie in France) is a film that anyone who loves Burgundy and the fabulous wines produced there, will enjoy. In addition to a great storyline, gorgeous cinematography of the most coveted wine-growing region in the world, and warm accolades from Rosi Hanson of Decanter, the film also credits Jean-Marc Roulot as part of the cast.

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Domaine St. Louis is Hiring!

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Domaine Storage provides superior storage, organization, consulting and logistics services to fine wine collectors around the globe.  Our team manages some of the world’s most significant private wine collections and also assists beginning and established collectors with acquiring, organizing and protecting fine and rare wines. With refrigerated storage facilities located in Saint Louis, Chicago, Napa, New York, and Washington DC and over 1 million bottles in storage, we are the largest network of wine storage facilities in the US.

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Join us this Thursday for the first in a series of BYO’s at Domaine

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We are excited to introduce Thirsty Thursdays to our Chicago, St. Louis, and Napa clients!


Please mark your calendars and join us every third Thursday of the month – from 5:30pm – 7:30pm – to enjoy a glass (or two) of wine with our team, fellow Domaine clients and their friends.  We’ll open a few interesting bottles and lay out some light bites.  Please bring a friend and a bottle to share.

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