Why should I buy my wine at auction?

I was asked this question recently and it struck me that with a plethora of alternatives available to the wine buyer it deserved some consideration. My first tip is that there is always the opportunity to pick up a bargain. Our wine auction is very much geared to the private buyer with most lots being…

Spring Wine Auction

The most recent wine sale took place on Thursday 7th March. With over 160 lots this was our biggest sale in over twelve months achieving a 100% sold rate and with consignments from our private vendors all exceeding their estimates. Highlights were the performance of the assorted vintage ports and the classic Bordeaux wines including…

Simplifying Wine Tasting

“Ripe and supple tannins”  “Pronounced tertiary aroma’s”  “Hints of farmyard with a long elegant finish”  These are all examples of terminology used by the wine trade to talk to each other. Sadly it is also terminology that has no resonance at all with 90% of the wine buying public and in many cases actually alienates and intimidates many people who…

First Growth Claret

Rolls-Royce cars, Patek Philippe watches and Steinway pianos are all names that the connoisseur will recognise as the best of the best in their particular field. Of course some will dispute this and may indeed prefer a different brand of car, watch or musical instrument. What is difficult to argue however is that each of…

ERNIE BIDDLE (1919-1996)

I was born in 1919 in back to back house in Winson Green half way between the prison and Dudley Rd Hospital. One of my earliest memories is the euphoria of the community when water was piped into the house having previously used communal stand pipe in the yard.  There was a wonderful community spirit…

Biddle & Webb Property

In our ever-evolving digitised modern world it is easy to equate the traditional with the outmoded. But here at Biddle & Webb, we take a stand for traditional, public auctioneering. Our open market, data driven approach to selling combines the best of both worlds when selling property at auction. Biddle & Webb provide a coherent…

December Interiors Realised Prices

Here are some beautiful lots sold at our December 10th Interiors Sale. Come along to our next Interiors Sale on January 14th 2017! Lot: 13 A ruby and diamond line bracelet, featuring a line of approx. 56 graduated rectangular cut rubies, flanked to either side with a line of approx. 71 graduated round brilliant cut…

October Art Highlights

There is a lot to be excited about at the beginning of autumn here at Biddle and Webb. In the wake of our most successful wine and spirits sale to date last week, with a 96% sold rate, we are fast approaching our October Interiors auction, which includes the contents of a recently sold Grade…

What to look for when buying Champagne

It is a question I am asked on an almost daily basis. ‘What makes a good wine, or in this case Champagne?’ The answer to that very simple question is just a tad more complicated. In an effort to furnish our customers with a concise and informed answer I thought it only right and proper…