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#1 Post by Doug Uno » January 2nd, 2020, 3:30 pm

I'm thinking about buying wine from K & L's auctions to back fill on older Bordeaux and was wondering what kind of experiences others have had buying from them? Also, I'm a little worried about provenance since they are selling the wine from private collections. Thanks for thoughts and feedback.

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#2 Post by JonathanG » January 2nd, 2020, 3:36 pm

I've bought probably 10 cases of wine from K&L auctions in the past year. Haven't had a bad one yet. Bought quite a bit of older (10-20 yr old) Bordeaux, have been very happy with them.
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#3 Post by Anton D » January 2nd, 2020, 3:36 pm

I buy from them as my preferred auction source and have 100% happiness with them.
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#4 Post by Pat Martin » January 2nd, 2020, 3:41 pm

Anton D wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 3:36 pm
I buy from them as my preferred auction source and have 100% happiness with them.
Big +1. My only beef is others have come to the same conclusion and often bid up the prices!
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#5 Post by YLee » January 2nd, 2020, 3:46 pm

Doug Uno wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 3:30 pm
I'm thinking about buying wine from K & L's auctions to back fill on older Bordeaux and was wondering what kind of experiences others have had buying from them? Also, I'm a little worried about provenance since they are selling the wine from private collections. Thanks for thoughts and feedback.
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#6 Post by Nate Simon » January 2nd, 2020, 3:48 pm

They are unquestionably the best overall online site. They handle everything professionally and confidently.
The same caveat emptor applies to their auctions as would apply to any other auctions.

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#7 Post by MikeHill » January 2nd, 2020, 4:23 pm

Pat Martin wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 3:41 pm
Anton D wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 3:36 pm
I buy from them as my preferred auction source and have 100% happiness with them.
Big +1. My only beef is others have come to the same conclusion and often bid up the prices!
Another +1. Bought many cases, including older Bordeaux, with no problems. Since I'm in LA, I can also pickup locally...and I use the saved shipping costs to outbid Pat. [berserker.gif]

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#8 Post by Peter Petersen » January 2nd, 2020, 4:26 pm

Only good experiences. It's become my go to place for online purchases and auction buying/selling over the last 3-4 years.

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#9 Post by Pat Martin » January 2nd, 2020, 5:53 pm

They also have the best selection of rare and unique single malts and similar items in the country... but sadly they don’t ship hooch lot of state anymore.
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#10 Post by Dennis Atick » January 2nd, 2020, 5:54 pm

KL only ships to like 10 select states. They have been dead to me for years.
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#11 Post by Gray G » January 2nd, 2020, 5:54 pm

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#12 Post by Vince T » January 2nd, 2020, 6:13 pm

I buy a fair amount and while they’re great, it’s still auction sourcing. Having said that, the one time I got a lot of poxed Chablis, I mentioned it to them (in case other people had similar problems with the consignor) not expecting anything and they gave me a credit. Quality establishment.
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#13 Post by Warren Taranow » January 2nd, 2020, 6:38 pm

Another 1+++ from me. Great site, great service.
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#14 Post by Philip G » January 2nd, 2020, 7:30 pm

Only place I have bought from auction. Buyer fee is only 5% which is nice. Can often get some good deals if you are patient and stealthy.
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#15 Post by A G Aguirre » January 2nd, 2020, 9:03 pm

My favorite - also one of my favorite local retailers. Consummate pros
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#16 Post by Ryan Gilmour » January 3rd, 2020, 8:15 am

Has anyone had them ship to Washington? They dont have it listed but was under the impression it was a fairly open state as far as wine shipping went?

Thanks!

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#17 Post by Jeff_M. » January 3rd, 2020, 8:58 am

I've had nothing but good wine come through on K&L auctions. Customer service is also very good.
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#18 Post by John Ammons » January 3rd, 2020, 9:50 am

A friend I drink a bunch with buys the loin share of his wine from K&L Auctions. I have seen a couple cooked batches, or at least stuff that's been way advanced for what it should be. But by far and away the overwhelming percentage has been spot on. And if you shop (bid) carefully, prices seem very fair.

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#19 Post by Jason K. » January 3rd, 2020, 5:52 pm

Ryan Gilmour wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 8:15 am
Has anyone had them ship to Washington? They dont have it listed but was under the impression it was a fairly open state as far as wine shipping went?

Thanks!
I've bought directly from them and had it shipped to Washington -- they use a 3rd party for shipping (I believe you effectively "take possession" before it leaves CA). I've not had any issue with the shipper and been a happy customer.

I've not bought through auctions, so don't know if that's handled differently.
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#20 Post by lleichtman » January 3rd, 2020, 6:40 pm

K & L and Wine Library are my go to for getting backfill wines.
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#21 Post by Michael O'Brien » January 4th, 2020, 9:34 am

I used to buy a lot of wine from them until they stopped shipping to Texas.
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#22 Post by Angelo Manioudakis » January 4th, 2020, 11:47 pm

Dennis Atick wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 5:54 pm
KL only ships to like 10 select states. They have been dead to me for years.
Same for me. Many other auction houses and retailers have figured out how to ship to mores states, but not K&L. It’s almost as though they don’t want the extra potential business.

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#23 Post by NoahR » January 5th, 2020, 3:46 am

Echo that they are a quality institution.

If you’re looking for Bordeaux, though, you will get far better deals elsewhere. No idea why their Bordeaux gets bid up so much.
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#24 Post by Andrew Gold » January 5th, 2020, 7:07 am

NoahR wrote:
January 5th, 2020, 3:46 am
Echo that they are a quality institution.

If you’re looking for Bordeaux, though, you will get far better deals elsewhere. No idea why their Bordeaux gets bid up so much.
I've not been following KL auctions for long, but I've noticed that lot size greatly impacts what the final deal tends on looking like... IE smaller lot sizes go for higher bottle prices than larger lot sizes. I think this make sense, but if you're used to buying bordeaux in a case the deals aren't as frequent here.

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#25 Post by pgrzesik » January 16th, 2020, 6:20 am

Since K&L only ships to a limited amount of states - has anyone tried to ship the wine to a FedEx location (such as a Staples or FedEx shipping store) and pick up there? I live in Massachusetts but only a couple of miles from the New Hampshire border and they ship to NH. Wondering if anyone has done something some thing like this?

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#26 Post by Keith Levenberg » January 16th, 2020, 7:24 am

Vince T wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 6:13 pm
I buy a fair amount and while they’re great, it’s still auction sourcing. Having said that, the one time I got a lot of poxed Chablis, I mentioned it to them (in case other people had similar problems with the consignor) not expecting anything and they gave me a credit. Quality establishment.
Why would poxed Chablis have anything to do with the consignor?

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#27 Post by Corey Porche » January 16th, 2020, 7:52 am

Never had a bad experience with them. Fairly priced and have a large selection

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#28 Post by Vince T » January 16th, 2020, 1:47 pm

Keith Levenberg wrote:
January 16th, 2020, 7:24 am
Vince T wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 6:13 pm
I buy a fair amount and while they’re great, it’s still auction sourcing. Having said that, the one time I got a lot of poxed Chablis, I mentioned it to them (in case other people had similar problems with the consignor) not expecting anything and they gave me a credit. Quality establishment.
Why would poxed Chablis have anything to do with the consignor?
Unlikely, but in case they had done some color analysis of all their white burgs (all bottles in the lot were variants of honey-colored) and happened to sell off only those bottles. Maybe silly, but it was just in a casual conversation with one of the sales guys.
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