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There’s a New Kid on the Auction Block

There’s a New Kid on the Auction Block

Wally’s hosted their inaugural auction at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City on Nov. 13. With a value in excess of $3 million, the auction included more than 600 lots of fine and rare wines. The new auction house aims to add some serious competition to the New York market, which is currently dominated by Sotheby's, Christie's, Zachys, and Acker Merrall & Condit.

Wally’s Auctions is an arm of Wally’s Wine & Spirits, a major Los Angeles retailer. The retail business was purchased from founder Steve Wallace in June of 2013 by Wallace’s longtime partner Christian Navarro, and Paul, Maurice, and Armand Marciano, founders and executives of Guess, Inc. In a widely reported and somewhat sensational move, Wally’s then hired away several members of the long-time senior wine team of Zachys. Michael Jessen, who was formerly the managing director of Zachys, was appointed president and chief executive officer.

The bidding commenced with opening remarks by Jessen, who conveyed a balance of ambition and modesty. He noted, "We want to be the best," and encouraged feedback at any point during or after the auction. Maurice Marciano remarked, "This whole thing started with a great passion; a passion for wine." Perhaps tempering Jessen’s bold determination, he said, "Tonight is our first auction, that we put together in a heartbeat. If the organization is not perfection, I promise you next time it will be perfection."

The night was not without a few hiccups. Bidders waited for table assignments when they arrived, there were technical difficulties with monitors going black, and there were seemingly some glitches with online bidding communication. Any and all blips were quickly managed. At the beginning of the night, some bidders I spoke with were intrigued but cautious about the new auction house. One advisor said he didn’t bring his clients to the inaugural auction because he wanted to check out the playing field first. Some I spoke with already felt a sense of ease because of longstanding relationships with the management team.

Jessen acted as auctioneer for the initial lots, and was then followed by auctioneer Ursula Hermacinski. Her stage presence, effortless and personal rapport with bidders, sense of humor, and ability to pit bidders against one another with the utmost charm and finesse was pure theater. This whole thing started with a great passion; a passion for wine.

Burgundy featured prominently, along with cult California wines like Screaming Eagle and Harlan Estate. Notable wines included the special releases of Dom Pérignon’s Oenothèque program, making this the first auction to offer the 1982 Oenothèque, released in October 2013. Twelve bottles were included in the 1982 lot, which sold for $18,000, plus the 20% buyer’s premium.

A collection of 33 bottles from all of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Vosne Romanée Grand Crus from 2010 in their original wooden cases was clearly a source of excitement, with a winning bid of $110,000, plus the 20% buyer’s premium.

The four-course dinner, prepared by chef Wolfgang Puck, was $600 per person. One of the more revealing and surprising aspects of the evening happened in the back of the room, just slightly removed from the action of the bidders’ tables. Some attendees were part of the standing-room-only crowd; they were invited to enjoy champagne, but tables and dinner were strictly reserved for the bidders who had purchased seats. Once bidding started, however, additional tables were set up in the back and attendees sat down to move out of the way of dinner service. Then, servers delivered the first course to the tables and one woman, assuming she had mistakenly taken someone’s seat, started to move but was told by the staff, "No, this is for you, compliments of the chef." Apparently, the staff was told that everyone should be fed. I was one of the recipients of this gesture, and if this unusually generous act is representative of the honest good will of the people running this event, then it says a lot about them.

In a brief interview, Jessen revealed that Wally’s next auction is slated for late February 2014. When asked about Wally’s point of difference in the market, he replied, "It takes time. This is a great start. We want to create energetic and exciting auctions, with people enjoying wine and food, the best sellers, high-quality wines, and follow through when the auction is over." Overall, the night was festive and electric. Big Four be warned: the new kid on the block just came out swinging.


Guide All Skyblock Commands

Pretty self explanatory, just commands used in skyblock or for skyblock. A lot of these are taken from the skyblock wiki but some people don’t use it so I thought it would be helpful here.

/visit Lets you visit on someone's island (if they have visiting turned on).

/acceptinvite Accepts someone’s island invite if they invited you.

/invite Send a player an invite to visit your island, bypasses visiting restrictions.

/sbmenu Opens the SkyBlock Menu. Can be used while holding an item.

/enderchest Opens the Ender Chest.

/ah [username] Opens up the Auctions of a player and allows you to bid for the items listed.

/setspawn or /sethome Sets the spawn on your private island to the block you are currently standing on.

/profiles Opens up the profile menu.

/clearstash Removes all items currently in the Stash, this will delete all items in the stash.

/pickupstash Takes all items currently in the Stash, will put as many as possible and leftover will remain in stash.

/deathcount Displays how many times you have died, shows death count for that profile, not in total.

/hub Shorter message for /warp hub - Teleports you to the Hub.

/warp [place] hub, home, island, fast travel places

/scg Opens up the Sea Creature Guide (the one accessible from the fishing skill screen).

/myfilter Can filter out words in chat

/togglemusic Turns music on / off for certain areas. For example the rep caverns

/togglechat Toggles chat from other users on / off

/togglerds Toggles the sound that plays when you receive a rare drop on / off

/craftedgenerators Opens the crafted minions menu

/whereami Shows the name of the server you are on. Used when reporting bugs, will show something like “mini41c“

/map or /wtfmap Shows the name of the map you are currently on. Useful when reporting a bug.

/zoo Teleports you to the Prototype Games lobby with the message "This isn't the Zoo, it's the lobby!

/viewrecipe [name] Shows the recipe of an item (even if you couldn't currently access it). Item names are always all capital with underscores as spaces, some are very arbitrary like “WHEAT_GENERATOR_2” for wheat minions.

/recipes Opens the Recipe Book.

/viewcollection [name] Shows the collection screen of an item. To use, item names must be written in all caps, and spaces replaced with underscores.

/collections Opens the Collections menu.

/viewskill [name] Opens the Skill menu for a specified skill. Must be lowercase.

/skills Opens the Skill menu.

/viewpotion [name] Opens the potion menu for a specified potion. Must be lowercase.

/viewpetsmenu or /pets Opens the Pets menu.

/viewsettings Opens the SkyBlock settings menu.

/settings Opens the general settings menu.

/viewquestlog or /quests Opens Quest Log

/viewcraftingtable /craft Opens up the crafting table. /viewcraftingtable only works in the Hub, not the Private Island, but /craft works everywhere.

/viewstash Shows all items currently in the Stash in chat.

/wardrobe Opens the Wardrobe menu.

/coop <other player #1> [other player #2 . ] Creates a Co-op on a new profile with you and the other players.

/coopadd <player> Adds a player to your current profile. All players in the current co-op must be online to do this

WARNING: Do not do this unless you trust the player to not steal literally everything on your profile, including all of your money in the bank. This is a very common scam where people say “/coopadd (ign) for full superior dragon armor!”

/coopkick <player> Removes the player from your coop. They must be inactive for 35 days+ meaning not logging online at all or the entire co-op must vote.

/cc or /coop chat Talks in coop chat similar to /gc or /ac (currently there is no way to toggle coop chat on and of).


Advantages of Pellet Grills

  • Pellet grills are versatile. You can barbecue, smoke, roast, grill (sort of—more on that below), and even bake or braise in a pellet grill. At BBQ University, we have used them to cook everything from crisp chicken wings to braised short ribs to smoked pork chile verde and crème brulee.
  • Like gas grills, pellet grills preheat fast (10 to 15 minutes). The design discourages flare-ups.
  • Some pellet grills allow you to regulate temperatures in 5-degree increments, giving you pinpoint heat control. A thermostat in the cooking chamber sends precise signals to the controller and regulates pellet delivery.
  • Because a pellet grill works like a convection oven, you can load up the cook chamber without fear of uneven cooking.
  • You don’t normally over-smoke food on a pellet grill. The smoke flavor is more subtle than the sometimes acrid smoke generated by a straight wood or charcoal fire. The grills are available in a number of sizes from small to large, as well as commercial-size units that can accommodate a whole hog or pulled pork for a crowd. For additional wood smoke flavor, you can position hardwood chunks or pouches of soaked wood chips directly on the heat diffuser plate.
  • Pellets come in a variety of flavors—hickory, pecan, alder, mesquite, cherry, apple, maple, bourbon, etc., and can be mixed or changed in minutes. One 20-pound bag is sufficient for several cooks, though usage will depend on the temperature setting and weather conditions (wind and cold will increase pellet consumption). Under normal circumstances, a pellet grill will use about 1/2 pound of pellets per hour on the smoke setting and 2-1/2 pounds on high.
  • Some companies offer cold smokers as an accessory—perfect for Nova Scotia-style salmon or cheese.

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