Every artwork, piece of jewellery and bottle of wine is like a time capsule, holding clues to the moments they were created. A painting made by Picasso during the early 1940s creates a physical link to wartime Paris while a prized vintage from Burgundy is an opportunity to taste the past. “Wine is not just an object,” says Connor Kriegel, head of auction sales for wine in New York. “Wine very much has a life to it. People want a sense that when they open that bottle, they’re getting a piece of history that goes back sometimes hundreds of years.” As we learn in In Episode 5, context counts.