Christie’s Wine Auction & Infographic Depicting Wine Scene Growth

I have never placed a bid at a Christie’s auction. Primarily because I’ve never had money burning a hole in my pocket. But one can dream. Maybe we will all have enough money to by our own private island—and with this in mind, we’ll need to bring a case of Screaming Eagle with us. So why not plan ahead?

All kidding aside, Christie’s started online auctions in 2012 and it’s a great way to get in on the action without much effort. Their current sale celebrates American wine making history with over 240 lots of the lands best made wines. Dating back to a bottle of 1935 Simi Cabernet Sauvignon all the way up to 2010 Screaming Eagle, this sale encompasses the history and evolution of modern American wine.

Just a few highlights include classics such as 1974 Heitz Cellars Martha’s Vineyard and a vertical of Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon dating back to 1963. Modern highlights encompass all of the highly regarded cult wines with vast selections of Harlan, Sine Qua Non, Bryant Family, Scarecrow, Marcassin and Colgin. The icing on the cake is a straight vertical of Screaming Eagle from 1996 to 2010 all in their original wooden cases. The sale ends in TWO DAYS so register at Christie’s and get your celebration wine purchased before they are all gone…I wonder if Christie’s sells private islands? I need one of those too :)

I’ve also attached an infographic provided by Christies’ which depicts the growth of the American Wine scene since 2000.

Growth of the American Wine scene since 2000


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


  1. Quinn July 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM - Reply

    Darn it, I missed the auction! I guess it doesn’t really matter that much since I don’t have money burning through my pockets.

    • enobytes July 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM - Reply

      I’m sure another auction is on the horizon! You’ll be able to rid of your pocket change :)

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