FAQs & Terminology

Wine FAQs

Unlike the United States and many International countries, Canadians are very limited in where they can go should the need arise to sell part or all of their collection. In the absence of an active trading environment, it is common to see and source collections that have never left the original owner since the time of purchase. When one of the most important buying considerations is pristine provenance, it only makes sense to source wine from areas where wine doesn't move around.
Yes. Wine can be held in temperature controlled storage in Buffalo until you choose to have them shipped. You may want to aggregate with other purchases to reduce the shipping cost per bottle, wait until the outside temperature is more conducive, or simply wait until you return from being away. Either way the wines will be held in proper conditions until you request them. The first 90 days of storage is free.
Yes, however, there can be tax and duty costs to send the wine to your country. It's best to speak to one of our representatives about your specific application.
Yes. All of our shipping packaging has been tested with Federal Express and full insurance is included on every shipment, full value, for breakage or loss during transit.
Yes, unless we have multiple bottles of that wine in perfect condition in which case we'll take one photo as a representation. Any bottle however that has any condition other than perfect is featured separately, possibly priced differently, and photographed separately so you can see exactly what you're getting.





Ullage is considered to be the fill level of a bottle of wine. This level can drop over time due to seepage and oxidization. Ullage levels below accepted standards for their age could impact the value of the wine.


Demi or Half Bottle – this wine bottle is half the size of a standard bottle or 375 mL

Standard Bottle – a 750 mL wine bottle

Magnum – the equivalent of two standard bottles or 1.5 L

Double Magnum – the equivalent of four standard bottles or 3 L

Jaroboam – the equivalent of six standard bottles or 4.5 L

Imperial – the equivalent of eight standard bottles or two double magnums or 6 L

Slamanazar – the equivalent of twelve standard bottles or a full case of wine or 9 L

Balthazar – the equivalent of sixteen standard bottles or two Imperials or 12 L

Nebuchadnezzar – the equivalent of twenty standard bottles or 15 L



Bin Stained Label – stained due to storage conditions including moisture and nicks

Damp Stained Label – moisture stained often due to humidity

Mildewed or Molded Label – marked by mold or mildew

Nicked Label – small holes or tears

Obscured Label – unable to confirm vintage and/or producer due to label condition

Scuffed Label – rub markings

Tattered Label – a combination of label scuffs, tears, nicks and staining

Torn Label – substantial tearing resulting in exposed glass

Wine Stained Label – stained by wine either from seepage or due to splash from another bottle

Wrinkled Label – wrinkled, often due to humidity

Written On Label – written on but can not be confirmed to be signed by winemaker or owner


Broken Wax Capsule – broken, cracked or chipped wax

Corroded Capsule – degeneration often over aging

Discoloured Capsule – discoloured due to moisture or scuffing

Loose Capsule – loose around bottle’s neck

Missing Capsule – no capsule present on bottle

Nicked Capsule – minor damage or cut

Rewaxed Capsule – replaced

Torn Capsule – part of capsule removed, often due to authentication


Depressed Cork – receding below the bottle’s top rim

Exposed Cork – capsule missing

Protruded Cork – protruding above the bottle’s top rim


OWC or Original Wood Case – wood boxes wine is shipped in from winery

Seepage – obvious sign of wine leaking from cork and capsule

Signed– signed by winemaker or owner on bottle and/or label