Explore California's path through wine history in one outstanding collection.
It all started with corkscrews, selling high-end wine openers to high-end buyers. But, soon art & antiques dealer Jim McCormick realized there was an overlooked, abundance of wine history and historical artifacts out there for the pickin’. Intrigued with California wine history and it’s heritage McCormick began a thirty year obsession of collecting “all things wine”. After filling five warehouses he realized that what he had put together belonged to the public, a California Wine Museum. Unable to make that happen he is now offering his collection to museums, collectors and the wine lovers….the public.
For Sale: The Collection
After 30 years of curation, Jim McCormick is selling his California Wine Museum in part or whole. Over 4,500 pieces in all, this one of a kind collection can be viewed in its entirety in the collection catalog. To arrange an in-person showing, email us by clicking the link below.
Early Wine Cellar Tools
Includes 19th Century Champagne Equipment
Over 900 Unique Wine openers
1870's Through Post-Prohibition
Wine & Grape Scales
Breakdown 19th Century Revenue Scale
Vintage Wine Bottles
Hundreds of Early, Rare, California & Historical Bottles
Wine Country Wood Marquetry Mural 76" X 56"
Wine Industry Ephemera
Photos, Books, Documents, History
Viticulture & Enology
The Equipment and Science of Wine Making
70 Regional Varieties & Styles
Vintage Grape Presses
61 Unique Presses in the Collection
Vintage Grape Crushers
1870's To 1950's - Forty One Unique Styles
The Evolution of California Wine
Wine Bottle Dryers
Many Unique Styles and Varieties
Wine & Vineyard Graphics
Includes Paintings, Vintage Prints and More
Making It Happen in Vineyards of the 19th Century
Vintage Wine Equipment
Vast Array of Early & Unique Implements
Wine Culture Service
Wine table service. Lovely table items
About Jim McCormick
St. Lawrence University graduate; New York emigrant to California in the mid 60’s I pursued and achieved a successful career in advertising and marketing in San Francisco while raising three wonderful children. “Dropping Out” in the 1970’s I renewed a continued love affair with antiques and history begun as a child in local thrift shops and libraries. First with a furniture refinishing and stripping business along with the first antique collective North of S.F. Then, as a sole proprietor, hauling tractor trailer’s full of “Golden Oak”, Victoriana and oddities every eight weeks from the East coast to the West. Selling on a wholesale basis, setting aside the best for retail. Fabulous years! Afterwards, as a bi-coastal dealer, I began doing many shows and exhibitions. Along the way, with my infatuation with California wine I began buying, selling and collecting corkscrews, which soon evolved into any artifact relating to the evolution of wine history in California.
I was smitten! My personal Wine Museum collection has been on line as a “virtual museum” since 2008. Aspirations were, for this entity, to eventually find a permanent home, a California Wine Museum; a dream the California wine industry has yet to fulfill, being the only major state industry to not have a museum to honor their history and heritage… a 34.1 BILLION dollar industry! My career includes award winning historical exhibits, ongoing contribution to museums, written words on wine history all relating to the story of the historical struggle of wine from the Old World to California which through my collection illustrates the influence of the pioneers, the immigrants, seeing a future that now brings fine wine to your table. This collection is NOW AVAILABLE, to institutions, collectors, history buffs, and the wine lover. BUY A PIECE OF CALIFORNIA WINE HISTORY. And, remember… “IN VINO VERITAS”!