The popularity of wine has skyrocketed in recent years. While millions of people around the world have come to appreciate both its elegance and its taste, a growing number of collectors also recognize wine as a sound investment. For these individuals, as well as for top chefs, restaurateurs, and wine enthusiasts, the wine auction has become an important place to find truly superior wines--and often at great prices! Those who are unfamiliar with these exciting events, however, may find them somewhat intimidating. Now, in The Wine Lover's Guide to Auctions, internationally renowned wine auctioneer Ursula Hermacinski removes the mystery of wine auctions by providing a clear explanation of how they work. Even the wine-auction novice can become a successful player. The guide begins by exploring the fascinating history of wine auctions. It then provides information on wine basics and details the mechanics of the auction process--for buyers and sellers. You will meet all the players involved in these events and discover a number of insider secrets that will enable you to save time and money. Rounding out this book are helpful hints on starting--or expanding--your wine collection, choosing the best auction house for your needs, and organizing your own wine tasting. Whether you plan to participate as a buyer or seller, The Wine Lover's Guide to Auctions will help you get the most out of your auction experience. Enjoy!