Liquid Icons to hold fine wine online auctionBy Alice Liang
Liquid Icons, founded by the late, great Gerard Basset OBE MW MS and Lewis Chester DipWSET, will host The Golden Vines Fine Wine, Rare Spirit & Experience Global Online Auction in September.
The Golden Vines Fine Wine, Rare Spirit & Experience Global Online Auction will open on 23 September. An impressive 71 fine wine estates and distilleries will donate auction lots to The Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation with the aim of helping to fund diversity and inclusion in wine.
Organised by fine wine research and content production company Liquid Icons, the auction will be available online using an eBrochure with embedded WPA technology to allow for bidding globally.
The auction will close on the night of The Golden Vines Awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday 7 October. Each auction lot will feature large formats or rare bottles, as well as a ‘money-can’t-buy’ experience from the world’s top fine wine estates and spirit distilleries from across five continents.
Proceeds from the auction will go towards funding global programmes promoting diversity and inclusion in wine, including The Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships. The Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation expects to raise more than £1 million from the auction.
Lewis Chester DipWSET of Liquid Icons and foundation trustee commented: “We are honoured and humbled by the enormous enthusiasm and generosity of so many top fine wine estates and spirit distilleries in support of the foundation’s work. The industry clearly recognises the issues around diversity and inclusion and the need to radically tackle them through the foundation’s global wine education programmes.”
Fine wine lovers will be thrilled by the special experiences on offer: Liber Pater is donating a Melchior (18 Litre) of the world’s most expensive red wine on release, along with a tour, tasting and lunch with the incomparable Loic Pasquet; Cheval Blanc is opening its doors to a party of 10 guests to stay at the Chateau while enjoying a fine wine dinner with its head winemaker, Pierro Clouet, along with a jeroboam of Cheval Blanc 2006; The Catena family will welcome a successful bidder to Mendoza, Argentina for a three-night trip.