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Friday, 30 March 2012

Alexander Barclay Wines Ltd: proposed voluntary strike off


Alexander Barclay Wine Ltd, which was incorporated on 3rd August 2011, has applied for voluntary strike-off (27th February 2012) and the First Gazette was published on 6th March 2012. Alexander Barclay Wines Ltd appeared to be the follow on company to Beaumont Vintners Ltd, which has gone into voluntary liquidation and will be holding a creditors' meeting on 5th April 2012 – see today's previous post. 

It is not known whether Alexander Barclay Wines Ltd, whose sole director is Samuel Philips, sold any wine. However, anyone who did buy wine from Alexander Barclay Wines Ltd and who is uncertain whether their wine has been purchased and is in account in their own name may wish to object to the voluntary strike off.  

Update: August 2014: 18.6.2014 – voluntary strike-off suspended.  

BEAUMONT VINTNERS LIMITED - PROPOSED LIQUIDATION

Notice of a creditors meeting posted on behalf of Abbott Fielding:


'NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Section 98 of the Insolvency Act 1986, that a meeting of the creditors of the above named company will be held at Marriott Hotel, 1 Broadway, Bexleyheath DA6 7JZ, on 5 April 2012 at 11:30am for the purposes of,
  1. The nomination of a Liquidator
  1. The appointment of a Liquidation Committee

All creditors of Beaumont Vintners Limited are welcome to attend the meeting of creditors. Should a creditor not be able to attend the meeting or not wish to attend the meeting in person, a proxy form can be used in order to cast a vote at the meeting.  Please contact Carol Hooper at Abbott Fielding in order to obtain further information in respect of the meeting and to obtain a proxy form. All valid proxy forms must be received by Abbott Fielding no later than noon on 4 April 2012.' 


Contact details for Abbott Fielding:

Abbott Fielding Limited
142/148 Main Road : Sidcup : Kent : DA14 6NZ
Tel: 020 8302 4344
Fax: 020 8309 9178

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Vintage Wine Investment: laughably funny but another to avoid!


'Want to learn more about fine wine intestment?'

'The market for wine is ever expending, exasperated by the swelling demand for china and the supply of the top winer of Franceis notoriously limited, which helps make fine wine an ideal investment.'

Any further comment would be superfluous.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Winnington Fine Wines Ltd: 'leading wine broker' in less than two months!



In the 'About us' section Winnington Fine Wines Ltd modestly claim to be 'a leading wine broker' and are able to 'show a long term history of impressive returns'. Indeed 'impressive' as the company was formed on 23rd January 2012, so to become a 'leading wine broker' in less than two months is a startling achievement.

File from Companies House showing formation date of 23rd January 2012


On their website Winnington claim 'Your wine is stored at London City Bond'. This is incorrect as Winnington Fine Wines Ltd currently do not have an account at London City Bond.
 
Winnington Fine Wines: job ad 1.2.12 – 'leading wine brokerage' in less than 10 days!
 
Another company I wouldn't buy from...  

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Global Wine Investments Ltd – First Class Expertise!? Whose wines?


Global Wine Investments Ltd 'fine wine brokers based in the City of London' were set up on 12th April 2011. They claim 'First Class Expertise'. However, this does not appear to extend to their knowledge of the History of Bordeaux. They claim that the 1855 Classification listed all Bordeaux wines and that the appellation contrôlée system was set up at the same time! (see below).  



For a young wine company they have an extensive wine list (11 pages downloadable from the site), although on a brief look the prices look rather high. The 1996 Lafite is priced at £18525 a case, whereas it is listed by a number of merchants on wine-searcher for around £10,000.  Albany Vintners has this for £10300 a case. Latour 1982 will cost £27300 from Global Wine Investments Ltd, whereas several merchants list it on wine-searcher for between £16,000 and £17,000 a case. The company isn't listed on wine-searcher

The Global list also has some rarities such as a single bottle of 1949 Dom Perignon listed for £851.50 a bottle. Albany Vintners also have a single bottle of this but at £655. Staying with 1949 Global list a Rivesaltes at £546 a case, Albany have a Château Saint-Michel, Rivesaltes at £420 a case. 

Global Wine Investment Ltd's list does appears to have more than a passing resemblance to that of Albany Vintners, except that Global's prices are substantially higher. All very curious especially as it came as a complete surprise to Albany Vintners Ltd that Global were using their wine list:


“Nope, never heard of these guys − they’re nothing to do us. Certainly looks like Albany’s list to me, with margin added as you suggest, but to be clear they’re not running the list with permission of Albany Vintners.”  

Clearly if you find something interesting on Global's list buy instead from Albany.... 

and I think I'll definitely pass on Global Wine Investments Ltd for the moment!