Storage & Investment
When I think about my ideal storage, I imagine living
in a vast castle perched atop the deepest dungeons
where the atmosphere is kept perpetually damp and
cool through its proximity to the surrounding waters
of the castle's moat and from where a resilient cat
banishes mice that would otherwise be nibbling at the
corks of my 1964 Krug.
Not everyone is this fortunate, however. Still, what
is important is that one has the facility to enjoy,
not just the fruit of one's collecting, but the
collection itself. Also, that the conditions in which
one's wine is stored be as close to perfect as
Bowes Wine outsources its client storage to an
independent, specialist wine storage company,
Nexus Wine Collections. They store our
clients’ wines in
Octavian, the biggest and best wine storage
facility in the UK.
Bowes Wine and Nexus work very closely together for
the benefit of our clients; as soon as we invoice you
for your wine, we email a copy to Nexus who add the
wine to your portfolio, pending its physical arrival.
We arrange the transfer of all new purchase and
liaise with them throughout the transfer process.
Clients can access their portfolios via Nexus’
website. To look at a sample portfolio, simply go to
enter the username firstname.lastname@example.org
and password nexus in the top right hand
corner of the page. The sample portfolio will enable
you to get a feel for the full functionality of their
site and the information available: current stock
holding, wines previously sold/delivered, source of
each wine, cost value, current replacement value,
total value of your stockholding, and so the list
When you set up an account with Nexus, you have the
OPTION to grant us access to your portfolio, should
you wish. You can offer us viewing access to all
wines purchased from us (this will enable us to
continue to offer you advice on these wines), viewing
access to your entire portfolio including wines
purchased from other merchants, or full access which
allows Nexus to act on written instructions from
Bowes Wine regarding delivery, transfer and shipment.
If you would like to open an account with Nexus,
please let us know and we will effect an introduction
Like it or not, wine, at the topmost levels, is an
art form. Not created by some human genius (or, as
seems to be an increasingly frequent phenomenon these
days, by someone with no evident talent whatsoever),
it is rather the expression of some complex subtlety
underlying the soil, situation and micro-climate of a
Again, like it or not, art is a highly tradeable
commodity and much as it pains me, as a wine
merchant, to see the finest products of the rarest
vineyards passed around like so many pork bellies, it
is a fact of life.
The reasons for wine's suitability as an investment
instrument are pretty obvious. Here are some of them:
The number of people in the world for whom wine is an
aspirational, luxury product is growing; demand is
rising, whilst supply, at least of the top wines, is
regulated and controlled by law.
Wine is deemed by the Treasury to be a wasting
chattel and, as such, is not liable to capital gains
tax in the UK.
Because investment grade wine is, uniquely, a
pleasure for which one has to wait, as soon as it
attains its optimum condition, many of those who own
that particular wine will start to drink it. Thus the
global supply will shrink. It is at this stage that,
given favourable conditions in the global economy as
a whole, wine starts to appreciate in value.
Anyone interested in purchasing wine as an
investment, please do contact Caspar.
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