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259: Should You Invest in Wine?

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What gives something value?

Gold has been considered valuable since ancient civilization. It has been used as money, as a store of value, and as jewelry. Gold is also scarce and it is not easy to mine.

But…at the end of the day, gold is valuable because of a social construct that says it is and that it will continue to be going forward. The longevity of gold’s claim to value certainly adds to its standing as a valuable asset.

Gold bugs who disparage bitcoin often point to the relative newness of the asset and its lack of track record over time.

However, if we are going to give so much inherent value to the variable of time, it might be reasonable to consider other assets that have been considered valuable for a long time.

We have almost certainly been eating and drinking for longer than we have been hoarding precious metals. That’s why we value rare foods the way we do. The European white truffle is a good example. 

They grow underground and need to be sniffed out by special dogs and pigs! They cannot be commercially cultivated.

How much are people willing to pay for rare food? Well, in 2017, a two-pound specimen sold for $61,250. I love truffles but really?

Anyway, I guess it doesn’t matter whether you or I would spend that kind of money on a mushroom. Someone will and that’s why European White truffles are so darn expensive.

That brings us to something else that we know can get pretty pricey quickly—wine. I like wine but am certainly no connoisseur. I pretty much put wine in two categories—wine I like and wine I don’t like. I know a little bit more about bourbon.

Of course, buying and selling fancy wine has been, for the most part, for the wealthy. However, as we have seen recently in assets such as art and rare cars, technology is allowing for the democratization of many of the investments that were simply too expensive for most to participate in.

Vinovest is doing just that for investment quality wine. So whether you’re an investor or you just like drinking this stuff, you are going to want to tune in to my interview with Vinovest founder, Anthony Zhang, on this week’s Wealth Formula Podcast.

Anthony is a repeat entrepreneur who has previously founded and sold two companies, EnvoyNow and KnowYourVC. He has also held leadership positions at Blockfolio and is a board member at RateMyInvestor.

Shownotes:

  • Anthony tells us how he became an entrepreneur
  • Anthony talks about how his past injury affected his entrepreneurial spirit
  • Why invest in fine wine now?
  • How does Anthony’s team identify investment-grade wine?
  • Is Vinovest open to non-accredited investors?
  • The Vinovest warehouses
  • How to manage your wine investments through Vinovest
  • What about investing in whiskey?
  • vinovest.co