Five Great English Wines


Last summer Appreciating Assets published our Wine Lover’s Guide to the UK – an infographic and map which listed all the award-winning vineyards in the United Kingdom along with a guide to the history of wine in England, Wales and Scotland.

Five Great English Wines

Today we revisit some of the best English vineyards on that map, to celebrate St George’s Day and to choose five great English wines that represent the best this country has to offer. Red, white, rosé and sparkling. In no particular order…

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Five Great English Watchmakers


To mark St George’s Day (23rd April) we’ve prepared three different blogs celebrating the best English asset-makers in three different categories – watches, cars and wine.

Five Great English Watchmakers

The first looks at the finest watchmakers currently working in England, an industry that is dominated by the Swiss still features a wide range of bespoke and luxury watches made on English soil.
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Fabergé – The World’s Most Expensive Easter Eggs


The world’s most expensive Easter Eggs are not made of chocolate, but are in fact some of the most valuable, beautiful and culturally significant creations of the last two centuries.

1. What are Fabergé Eggs?

The Original Fabergé Egg

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Although the brand name Fabergé has changed hands over the years, the historical Fabergé eggs were created by Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé between 1885 and 1917. It began when Tsar Alexander III commissioned him to create an extravagant bejewelled Easter Egg for his wife Maria Feodorovna.
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Sir Alex Ferguson’s Wine Collection Up For Sale


Sir Alex Ferguson’s Wine Collection to Raise £3m at Auction

Sir Alex Ferguson's Wine Collection Up For Auction

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After retiring as Manchester United manager in spring of 2014 you might have thought Sir Alex was ready to really begin making the most of his 5000 strong collection of vintage wines. However, Britain’s most successful football manager, well known for sharing a glass of plonk with his opposition number after games, has decided to sell his collection at London auction house Christie’s.
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Facecoin? – Facebook Delves into Electronic Money


Electronic Money

Facebook is seeking authorisation from the Central Bank of Ireland to become an ‘Electronic Money Institution’. Electronic money being defined as monetary value that is stored electronically, issued on the receipt of funds for the purpose of making transactions and accepted as means of payment by parties other than the issuer.
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Classic Car Day 2014 – Appreciating Assets


Chris Evans declared today Classic Car Day on Twitter (#classiccarday) and has been encouraging thousands of people to share their love for classic cars. Evans is well known for his love of motors, having once paid £12 MILLION for a Ferrari 250 GTO (which he later sold for even more…).

We love our classic cars at Appreciating assets as you can see from all our previous luxury car blog posts, so we’re more than happy to see classic cars getting some love on Twitter.
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Four Precious Metals Used in Jewellery (that aren’t gold or silver…)


If you asked 100 people to name a precious metal, gold and silver would be clear favourites. But there are a huge variety of precious metals, some of which are more valuable than gold, and all more valuable than silver which is relatively cheap compared to some of these elements.

4. Palladium

Palladium Jewellery | Precious Metals | Appreciating Assets

© VivienneWestwood.co.uk

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Smartwatches – The Value of Style


Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear in September last year, a smartwatch that was supposed to herald the big breakthrough of smartwatches as a mainstream gadget. Unfortunately for Samsung the product was met with generally negative reviews with criticism about the look and functionality. The extent of commercial success was also unclear as reports emerged in November that only 50,000 units had been sold, Samsung responded with a claim that they had ‘shipped’ 800,000 units, which, of course, does not imply how many were actually bought.

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