Through its weekly auctions, winebid.com sells 300,000 bottles a year to 36,000 bidders who log on for rare vintages seldom seen in retail shops: premier crus from Bordeaux and cult California Cabs sourced mainly from private collections (and with starting bids as high as $2,000). CEO Jerry Zech names a few of his most impressive finds.
WHITE TO WATCH Sonoma pioneer David Hirsch planted his first vines in the region in 1980, including a small patch of Chardonnay, which produces the nicely acidic 2001 Kistler Hirsch Vineyard Chardonnay. Reserve, $75
NEW DISCOVERY In 2000, the Kapcsándy clan bought the historic State Lane Vineyard in Napa Valley and replanted it. The elegant 2004 Kapcsándy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard is the fruit of their labor. Reserve, $90
FOR THE CELLAR The 2000 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands Echézeaux is from a 500-year-old estate in Burgundy that creates only grand crus. This wine carries notes of leather, tobacco, and spices and will continue to develop. Reserve, $275
RED ON THE RISE Ribera del Duero is not yet Spain's most famous wine region—Rioja still takes that prize—but it's catching up. The 11-year-old Dominio de Pingus crafts excellent vintages like the 1996 Dominio de Pingus Proprietary Red. Reserve, $290