This guide has been designed to help our current and prospective clients understand our auction process. Please consult the sections below and reach out to us directly any of your questions.
Making the decision to sell part of your collection isn’t always easy. We understand all the feelings involved in collecting, because we are collectors too. More than that, we’ve worked with thousands of clients in the wine storage, organization, transit and auction business for more than a decade.
Now, you’re ready to sell, and perhaps, you’re wondering where to go and what sort of options you have.
Not unlike many corners of the wine world, the auction market can be confusing, and it can be difficult to know where to start.
We you choose Domaine, we have your back, and we’ll help you navigate the auction process from start to finish.
Our auction process is simple and transparent. It’s comprised of 5 steps.
Most of the time, this happens electronically. However, we certainly make ourselves available at wine events throughout the country. If you’d like to talk to our wonderful team members in person, you can visit our locations in Saint Louis, Chicago, New York, Washington DC and Napa. You can always call us too.
After we get to know each other, we’ll ask you to share a list of your wines.
When you send us a list of your wines, you’re under no obligation to sell. It’s customary to make changes, edits and tweaks during this step in the process.
Along with your list, any additional details you provide will help us determine accurate estimates. It’s helpful to share:
With all this information, we will present you with the best course of action.
After doing this as long as we have, we know that no two parcels are alike. Therefore, each auction experience is highly customized with continued communication as we evaluate your options.
In the past, we have done the following:
Sometimes, we use a combination of the options above based on the parcel.
We’ll send you an email with your options detailed out including fees and payment structure.
It’s your collection, so therefore it’s your decision. There’s always pros and cons, and most people’s course of action is related specifically to their specific circumstances.
In the auction market, there are few guarantees. That said, we present you with what believe to the best options. Thanks to our long-shared history of trust and partnerships with auction and brokerage counterparts, we are able to provide you with the best terms and prevent you from paying unnecessary fees.
After you make a decision, Domaine takes care of everything. We can facilitate the packing, storing and delivering of your wine to auction. Beyond logistics and the elimination of surprise fees, we ensure that you are getting paid the proper amount and on time.
Throughout the sale of your parcel, we will communicate with you after each post-sale and make you aware of when you should expect payment.
Unfortunately, we’ve heard too many stories where sellers were unaware of fees, timing, payment or reserves. It’s heartbreaking, and we wish we had been there to help. So if you’ve decided to go it alone, here’s what you can expect.
Fees can vary and are not always disclosed online. Below are examples of common fees you might encounter when negotiating on your own.
When you choose Domaine, we can ensure you’re never surprised by additional fees.
Some online auctions even charge a hefty seller’s commission. Our fees vary based on the services required, and you gain access to our exclusive commission rate with the auction house.
Some houses will drop the reserves precipitously if your wine fails to sell in the first pass. Often times, an appraisal can be unrealistically optimistic, while the final results fall far short.
When you choose Domaine, we provide accurate market data and hold our partners accountable for realistic pricing.
In 1998, Domaine’s founder worked at a fine wine retail shop and quickly became aware of the ways in which retailers struggled to support their largest clients. He began filling in the gaps through inventory and organizational services which allowed the clients to focus on more enjoyable aspects of their hobby.
This passion for wine and first-class customer service was so inspiring that his business grew quickly to include other services. Those initial services are still at the core of our work, and we have grown to offer support throughout the entire wine collecting lifecycle.
We partner with new and established wine collectors to grow, sell, organize, move, store and protect their collections.
The company has 3 divisions: Advisory, Storage and Transportation and includes 5 refrigerated warehouses in Chicago, Saint Louis, New York, Napa and Washington DC.
Nicki, Andrew and Joe are here to assist you with all your wine collection and ensure it is properly appraised, stored and delivered to auction. To reach out, feel free to call them at 636.4892217 or email Nicki directly at email@example.com.