A delighted mum scored a huge bargain after flogging a bottle of wine she won in a 50p tombola – for £185. Kerry Carty, 33, had no idea she had won an expensive bottle of wine at six-year-old daughter Madeline’s school fair.
She had initially planned to give the bottle away but decided to research the name out of interest. To her surprise, she discovered the bottle – a 1982 Château Cos d’Estournel, Saint-Estèphe – was selling for hundreds of pounds online. So she stuck it on Bid for Wine – where it was snapped up for £185 after 16 bids were put in.
Kerry, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, said: “I don’t know anything about wine. I’m not a wine drinker and I’ve never drunk it as it gives me headaches.
“But I only paid 50p for a tombola ticket – so to get £185 is amazing to me.”
Kerry had planned to give the wine to her nan for Christmas, and placed it in a cupboard at home.
However, as she was having a clear out a few days later she came across the bottle again – and decided to Google the label.
To her shock, she saw some vintages of the Château Cos d’Estournel wine were selling for hefty sums – with the 1982 edition going for up to £400.
She decided to put the bottle up for auction, and four days later the wine sold.
Now, she’s encouraging others to investigate their wine racks in case other valuable bottles are hiding in plain sight.
Kerry said: “I’m assuming it’s come from someone like me who’s been gifted this bottle of wine and just thought it could go to the school.
“I do feel bad, but as the saying goes, ‘One man’s trash is another one’s treasure.
“From now on I’m going to check, my mum has already checked all her bottles that she has stored!
“I said to my mum I’d give it to nan for Christmas and had a bottle bag ready.
“But my nan said she was glad I didn’t give it to her as she doesn’t drink red wine.
“I always see people saying ‘check your change, your antiques’ – but I’ve never heard anyone say ‘check your bottles of wine’.
“Times are hard – and if you’ve got a little gold mine in your cupboard then why not.”
Château Cos d’Estournel is produced at the eponymous winery in Bordeaux, France.
The wine is typically a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, according to information online.