Australian surgeon sues over ruined fine wine cellar

news  %tages Australian surgeon sues over ruined fine wine cellarRetired surgeon Spero Raptis has claimed his fine wine cellar lost A$300,000 of its value because of an air conditioning companionship's mistake. Wine storage and finding the right wine cellar is a key issue for collectors.Raptis said many of his wines ‘cooked’ after an air conditioning companionship left on a humidifier while doing maintenance work in his wine cellar, according to local media reports.
He has filed a complaint against the companionship at the Supreme Court of South Australia in Adelaide.
The contents of his wine cellar were worth around $430,000, but have lost $312,000 of their value, according to court documents cited by The Advertiser newspaper.
His case highlights the potential dangers collectors face when seeking a excellent place to store their wines.

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Raptis’ cellar built-in some of the world’s most sought after wines, including Penfolds Grange and the 2004 vintage of Penfolds Bin 60A. It also built-in Bordeaux first growths Mouton Rothschild, Haut-Brion and Margaux, as well as Cheval Blanc and Chateau d’Yquem.
According to The Advertiser, the case was with the insurers and was due to return to court in October this year.
Regulating humidity levels can help wine to age for longer. If humidity is too low then there is a chance that corks will dry out.
But, in the reported case of Raptis, the problem was the opposite. Humidity and warmth levels became too high, with reports that water could be seen leaking out from the cellar.
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