Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

Screaming Eagle – California’s iconic ‘high flyer’

The iconic Screaming Eagle enjoys the special aura and phenomenon of the super rare Californian cult Cabernets with tiny production and tightly held distribution. Benefiting from the perception that you have to be a ‘special insider’ to gain access to these rare wines, valuations achieved by Screaming Eagle have been record breaking. It all began […]


Scarecrow: Hollywood’s star Californian ‘Cult Wine’

There is some history of ‘Hollywood aristocracy’ acquiring wine interests in Napa Valley which continues today. The origins of Scarecrow, one of the five wines included in Liv-ex’s recently launched California 50 index, traces back to the late Joseph Judson Cohn, former MGM vice-president and executive producer of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. J.J. Cohn’s time […]


DOMINUS – Petrus’ Napa Cousin in top 5 California 50 index

The international secondary market in Dominus and the other top Californian, investment-grade wines is now sufficiently established for Liv-ex, the fine wine world’s equivalent of a ‘stock-exchange’, to create a dedicated benchmark; the newly launched California 50 index. In our current Californian series we take a closer look now at Dominus and the influence of […]


An introduction to California’s OPUS ONE

“Wine is born, then it lives. But it never dies, in man it lives on”, Baron Philippe de Rothschild. California’s famous Opus One is the product of the shared vision of two of the most influential winemakers of all time, Chateau Mouton Rothschild’s Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Napa Valley’s Robert Mondavi. Sadly no longer […]


Harlan Estate – the Californian First Growth

With California a key focus of the wine market currently in terms of performance and Liv-ex’s recent launch of the California 50 benchmark, we will take a closer look at the top five wines of the region in our next series of blogs and start with Harlan Estate. “After various tastings of Harlan wines and […]


Essential information for wine investors: FREE Vin-X Fine Wine Market Report

Our latest  Vin-X Fine Wine Market Report is now available for you to download FREE and looks at the key market indicators, current trends and events that have influenced price performance this summer. Vin-X analysts compile this specialist monthly report to provide fine wine investors with a convenient review of data and information to help explain the […]