I was browsing CraigsList today and ran across this post in the discussion forum.
“Can someone please advise me where to sell a rare bottle of wine? It is a Mostagel Velho de Torna-Viagem is stamped with Rio De Janeiro 1922. I have done some research on the bottle and found some interesting stuff, I’ve even seen a bottle selling on a Portugese website for 1800 euros. I’ve already tried eBay but can’t post without a liquor license.”
What I told the person is that he may sell his vintage bottle of wine under the following conditions:
23104.6. (a) Any nonlicensed person owning bottled vintage wine purchased by that person at retail, is authorized to sell that wine to a licensee authorized to sell that wine if each bottle has a permanently affixed label stating that the wine was acquired from a private collection.
(b) “Vintage wine,” as used in this section, means bottled white, rose, or sparkling wine which is not less than five years old or bottled red wine which is not less than 10 years old. (California Business & Professions Code)
A first step might be to contact a company like Wine Societies, which “provides direct online channels for wineries to sell all wine and fine wine collectors to sell vintage wine to California licensed buyers of alcohol.”
Where alcoholic beverages are involved, there is a law for most every situation. Knowing what the laws are, and how they apply to you, is the key to staying safe and legal.