Serge Marquie

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E-Cep: An American En Primeur

Ask a wine lover or a serious wine collector what one of their biggest gripes is about the wine marketplace and the answer is often not being able to get their hands on that cult Cabernet from California rated 98+ points.  Equally frustrating is having to wait to get on a winery’s mailing list to have a chance at getting an allocation of a highly rated, in demand bottle of wine.   What if you could get the wine you want before it hits the marketplace? That’s what E-Cep founders Serge Marquie and Sally Wilkinson set out to discover.  As both of them will tell you quite often, “we are not wine people we are finance people,” Serge says.  “But we love wine.”  Coming from London, the historical birthplace of the en primeur system, Serge and Sally were surprised that there was no formal wine futures market in this country. Once…