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Norway could legalize wine auctions. Wine lovers may soon be able to purchase old, quality wines if MPs pass new legislation. Norway’s Vinmonopolet has been lobbying the Government for years to legalize wine auctions. “We have received many inquiries from people who want to dispose of their wine collection or who have inherited one from an uncle that they do not wish to keep,” Vinmonopolet communications director Halvor Bing Lorentzen told DN.

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Norway could legalize wine auctions

Published on Tuesday, 26th April, 2011 at 06:52 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

Wine lovers may soon be able to purchase old, quality wines if MPs pass new legislation.

A bottle of Chateau Latour
A bottle of Chateau Latour
Photo: Kjunstorm/Flickr


Norway’s Vinmonopolet has been lobbying the Government for years to legalize wine auctions.

“We have received many inquiries from people who want to dispose of their wine collection or who have inherited one from an uncle that they do not wish to keep,” Vinmonopolet communications director Halvor Bing Lorentzen told DN.

He claims current legislation only encourages people to sell their wine illegally or use other channels. Swedish government monopoly Systembolaget started in 2004.

“We know that there are illicit sales in Norway and that one has been able to sell wine legally abroad.”

The proposed amendment to the Alcohol Act, due to be handled by Parliament for the second time within the next few days, could mean glasses are raised. Knut Forsberg of Blomqvist Fine Art Trade is delighted at the prospect.

“We have tried to get this implemented for several years. Our partner in Sweden, Stockholm Auktionsverk, already does this, so we have applied a bit of pressure,” he confirms, saying they have had to turn many customers away.

However, saying “cheerio” to being as sober as a judge could have to wait. Vinomopolet will still have to put the auctions out to tender, meaning they may not commence until 2012.

“I don’t know if we’ll be able to do it this year, but we will get started as soon as practicably possible,” said Vinmonopolet’s Mr. Lorentzen.



Published on Tuesday, 26th April, 2011 at 06:52 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: vinmonopolet, systembolaget, wineauctions.





  
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