TORONTO, May 13 /CNW/ - The LCBO and Waddington's Auctioneers are inviting wine enthusiasts to bid over the Internet during the first Vintages all-online Fine Wine & Spirits Auction taking place from May 23-28 at http://vintages.waddingtons.ca .

"This event represents the next evolution in our commercial auction program," notes Barry O'Brien, LCBO Corporate Affairs Director and a chief auction organizer. "Based on the success of our annual fall wine auction, we thought we would try a spring online auction to provide customers with a new exciting way to conveniently acquire rare wines."

The auction features many first-time offerings, including top Burgundy vintages, rare single malts, highly-valued German and Alsatian wines and top Bordeaux wines. There are also exceptional wines from Italy, France's Loire Valley, California, Australia and Ontario. More than 220 lots of rare wines valued at $140,000 will be on offer. All wines consigned to auction are stored in temperature and humidity-controlled conditions at LCBO's warehouse in Toronto.

The Internet bidding is facilitated through Toronto auction house, Waddington's. The bidding will start at 9:00 a.m. on May 23 and run until bidding closes between 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. on May 28.

"We are pleased to work with LCBO to introduce this exciting o nline auction," says Waddington's President Duncan Mclean. "Interest in wine auctions has grown over the years and it makes sense to offer an all-online auction in this high tech age."

Each lot up for auction can be viewed at http://vintages.waddingtons.ca where customers can also register for the sale.  For customer inquiries, contact John Yoxall at 1-416-864-6890 or by e-mail at john.yoxall@lcbo.com.

LCBO is Canada's largest retailer of wine, spirits and beer with sales in 2010-11 exceeding $4.5 billion.

Waddington's is a Canadian-owned and operated company that has been in the auction and appraisal business since 1850, and is considered Canada's largest purveyor of international calibre fine art.


For further information:


Chris Layton, LCBO Media Relations Co-ordinator
Tel. 416 864-6772; Cell: 416 587-3729; E-mail: chris.layton@lcbo.com

Barry O'Brien, Director, LCBO Corporate Affairs
Tel. 416 864-6821; Cell: 416 627-7055; E-mail: barry.obrien@lcbo.com  

Vince Ciarlo, Ciarlo Communications (representing Waddington's)
Tel. 416 763- 3783 ; Cell : 416-458-5090; E-mail: vciarlo@ciarlo.ca    

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