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When to Enjoy Your Vintage Ports

June 30, 2013
Question by: John, Barnet, GB

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Advice please. Over time I have been given or purchased the following bottles.  Should I be drinking, keeping or even selling?  Many thanks.  Warres Vintage Port 1977, Taylors Vintage Port 1980, Quarles Harris Tercentenay Vintage Port 1980, Grahams Malvedos Vintage Port 1986, Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas Vintage port 1996, Grahams Vintage Port 2000, Dows Crusted Port bottled 2000.  Any help or advice warmly welcomed.

2011 Vintage Port Availability Hong Kong

May 20, 2013
Question by: Roman, Hong Kong

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Hi, where do I purchase en primeur vintage ports 2011 in Hong Kong?

Warre's Late Bottled Vintage 1981

May 17, 2013
Question by: John, Swansea, GB

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I have 6 bottles of Warres 1981 L.B.V Port bottled in 1985. What is their value?

1983 Gould Campbell Vintage Port

May 17, 2013
Question by: Gil, Great Britain via Mobile

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I have a case of 1983 Gould Campbell Vintage Port.  Is it ready for drinking?  Also how much would the case now be worth?

Australian Fortified Wine

May 15, 2013
Question by: Matt, Adelaide, Australia

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I attended an auction and was a little sentimental about the 1980 (my birth year) Limited Release Orlando VP's. I ended up with 3 bottles. Do you know what they would be valued at and any advice on drinking windows. They are being stored in a cellar.

Auction Purchase

May 15, 2013
Question by: Vince, Liverpool, GB

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Good evening, I recently purchased two bottles of vintage port from a local auction room. It was an impulse purchase as they were only 2 of about 6 single bottles in this general antique sale. One was a Taylors 1960 with Harrods Ltd on the label, the other was a Sandeman vintage 1960 bottled in '62. I paid £35 and £45 respectively for each. Has this been a good purchase and when should I ideally drink these.  Many thanks for your assistance.

Messias Port

May 15, 2013
Question by: Stuart, Texas, USA

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What is a Messias port?

Value of a Fortified Wine

May 15, 2013
Question by: Sylvia, Great Britain, via Mobile

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1988 Crest port 25 years old  is it valuable?

Australian Fortified Wines

April 24, 2013
Question by: Cameron, Australia, via Mobile

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Hi there, I have a bottle of Hardys 1979 vintage port, Americas Cup Defender 1987 Kookaburra 3 and was just wondering what this may be worth please?  Thank you very much.

Availability of 2011 Vintage Ports in USA

April 24, 2013
Question by: Nathan, USA

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Hello,  I would like to know when 2011 vintage ports, in particular Graham's, will be available for purchase in the United States.

Dow's 1991 Vintage Port

April 17, 2013
Question by: Robbie, Bury St. Edmonds, UK

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Having just turned 18, I recently found out I've had 6 bottles of Dow's 1991 cellared for me since my christening by my godfather.  I was just wondering about the condition of this Port, and whether it's worth drinking or selling?  Also, an estimate of value for the 6 bottles would be appreciated. Thanks!

Australian Fortified Wines

April 15, 2013
Question by: Judy, Queensland, Australia

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I have a full set (7 x 2) of Cricket  Centenary vintage Port (Australia's first test team 1880). They are in perfect condition, and still in their boxes.  Could you please advise me as to how much the full set is worth and where I could sell them.

1986 Australian Fortified Wine

April 15, 2013
Question by: Jenny, Brisbane, Australia

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My son recieved a bottle of Bailey's Vintage Port 1986 for his birth and wasn't to be opened until his 21st Birthday. I broke that bottle and he is turning 21 in June and I am looking to replace the bottle I broke, do you know of this port or have any vintage ports 1986?

Featured Brands on The Vintage Port Site

April 15, 2013
Question by: Michael, Santa Clara, USA

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I'm just curious why two very notable houses, Fonseca and Taylor, seem to be completely absent from your website. Did I miss something, or is there a special reason you don't have them? Do you have any references for sites similar to yours that would include those houses?  Thanks!

2011 Vintage Port Declaration

April 15, 2013
Question by: Tom, New Jersey, USA

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Do you have any idea when or if the 2011 ports will be declared vintage?

Finding 2010 Vintage Ports in the USA

April 10, 2013
Question by: Dylan, Atlanta, GA, USA

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I'm in Atlanta, Georgia and am desperately trying to source all of your 2010 vintage port releases. Any help you can provide locating a distributor or retailer would be a huge help!!!  Thanks!

Warre's Late Bottled Vintage 1981

March 15, 2013
Question by: Robert, Ottowa, Canada

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I purchased a case of Warre’s LBV 1981 to mark the birth year of my son.  Could you kindly refer me to any information on that bottling – and your appreciation of its life expectancy.  My son stands up a bottle on special occasions and he has more than 3/4 of the case left.

Price of a Specific Port Wine

March 15, 2013
Question by: William, Duluth, MN

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What is the price of a 750 ml bottle of W.&J. Graham's 1980 Vintage Porto bottled 1982?

Warre's Porto Cintra

March 15, 2013
Question by: Hubert, Denmark

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I found a bottle in the cellar: Porto Cintra, Grand Corona, of Warre.  Unfortunately, I can't find a picture, to determine which is the vintage wine.  Can you help me?

Australian Fortified Wine

March 6, 2013
Question by: Kylie, Mobile

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Hi, we have a set of Cricket Centenary vintage port from Rhine Castle Cellar Wines.  They are in timber box sets made in 1974, never been opened, they are the complete set of 7.  Would love to hear what they might be valued. Thanks

Famous Vintages

March 6, 2013
Question by: Carmen, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

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May I know what is the famous vintage of Port Wine?

Fortification Spirit for the 1972 Vintage

March 6, 2013
Question by: Alwyn, South Africa

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I know about all the problems with the alcohol in 1972 and I tasted a Sandeman 1972 Vintage (not for Sale on the market)  x 3. I also see 1972 DOWS on the market. How bad was that alcohol really?

Old Bottle of Port to Sell

February 28, 2013
Question by: Mary, Pretoria, South Africa

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I need your urgent assistance, this 1937  Porto Wine was given to my late husband as a wedding gift, I have no use of this bottle of Wine and I am very interested to sell this....it got few numbers and a stamp, if someone can assist or give a referal in South Africa.

Vintage Port as a Gift

February 5, 2013
Question by: Jason, Mobile

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What would be a good vintage Port to buy as a gift in the $125-200 range?  Looking to buy my life long friend a bottle and I know nothing about wine.  He recently purchased a 2000 Graham's Port.

How Long Can I Keep Opened Port?

February 5, 2013
Question by: Máirin, Ireland

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I see conflicting opinions on many websites on how long various styles of Ports can be kept after opening.  Grateful if you would clarify how long should Ruby, Tawny, Aged Tawny, LBV and Vintage Ports be kept after opening the bottle until they become 'too old' to enjoy!  Many thanks for your answer.

Which Vintage to Enjoy?

February 4, 2013
Question by: Leonard, New York, USA

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Which of the following Vintage Ports is best to drink at an 80th Birthday celebration considering the trade off between vintner quality and maturity?  Burmester 1985, Graham's 2000, Taylor Fladgate 2003

Value of Australian Fortified Wine

February 4, 2013
Question by: Dennis, Adelaide, Australia

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Could you please tell me the value of a bottle of Hardys Tawny Port bought out in the year the Adelaide Crows won their first grand final in  the AFL (approx 1997)?

2012 Vintage Port

February 4, 2013
Question by: April, Mobile

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Hi, just wondering if it is possible to buy a 2012 vintage port? I was wanting to get it as a wedding present for friends that were married in 2012. Thanks.

20 Year Old Tawny Port

February 4, 2013
Question by: Andrew, Toronto, Canada

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I have a bottle of Taylor's 20 Years Old Tawny Port and it was bottled in 1978. What I am wondering is this still drinkable? Is this valueable? Thanks so much.

Storing Vintage Port

February 4, 2013
Question by: Elizabeth, Great Britain

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How long should I store Fonseca 1963?

Small Bottles of Port

January 18, 2013
Question by: Paige, Denver, USA

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I'm trying to find mini bottles of Port for my husband for his birthday. He enjoys Port but I don't care for it so that's why I'm trying to find mini bottles in the U.S. so he can open one up and have one glass when he wants and we don't have to waste a larger bottle.  Do you know of any U.S. websites that sell mini bottles of Port? I've been searching but can only find U.K. sites. Thanks!

Value of Tawny Ports

January 16, 2013
Question by: Daniel, via Mobile

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I have found two  bottles of port in my grandfathers loft, I am wanting to get shot of them and was wondering if they have any value other than me drinking them.  A bottle of Noval 20 years port bottled in 1979.  " port wine matured in wood for twenty years, produced at the Quinta Do Noval bottled in 1979 and shipped by Quinta Do Noval. 0.75l.  A bottle of Pocas Porto 20 years old Coroa De  Rei, matured in wood bottled in 1984.

1963 Vintage Port

January 16, 2013
Question by: Sheila, via Mobile

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We have just been given a bottle of 1963 port. The label says VINTAGE PORT 1963 (Alto Douro) PRODUCE OF PORTUGAL. S V Borges & Irmão, S.A.R.L. OPORTO. Is it drinkable??

Bottle of Port

January 16, 2013
Question by: Eleanor, USA

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I have a bottle of Port that I bought in 1997 in Portugal, 'said to be very good there."   Please help me to understand what it is and value and drinkability now. ' vinho do porto, jubileu, 1756-1981  from Real Companhia Velha, # on the label bottle neck is 846200, and 01, under that is garantia'.  thank you

Late Bottled Vintage Port

January 11, 2013
Question by: Ian, Nashville, USA

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I have 2 bottles Warre's 1969 Late Bottled Vintage, bottled in 1973, should i drink it or sell it? thanks.

Old Bottles of Port

January 10, 2013
Question by: Sue, via Mobile

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My husband and I are currently clearing my mother in laws house and found 4 bottles of port which we estimate are between 15-25 yr old we have a vintage, a special reserve and a ruby port. I don't think in any way they are collectible or valuable but I would like to know if they are safe to drink and if not how we'd know they have gone off.

Selling Vintage Port

January 9, 2013
Question by: Chris, via Mobile

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We have 12 bottles of 1977 vintage port that my wife was bought when she was born. We are looking to sell them. What would be the bet way to ensure we get full value for them?

Vintage Port Food Pairing

January 9, 2013
Question by: Patrick, via Mobile

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We have a well cellared 77 vintage port.  We would like to enjoy it with friends over a main course rather than after dinner.  Any suggestions?

Value of a Late Bottled Vintage Port

January 8, 2013
Question by: David, via Mobile

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I have a 1987 (bottled in 1993) bottle of Delaforce Late Bottled Vintage Port.  My questions are:  Is it still drinkable, and Does it have any value?

Old Bottle of Ruby Port

January 8, 2013
Question by: Daryl, California, USA

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I was recently gifted a bottle of "Rich Ruby Port" and I cannot seem to find any information at all on it.  It looks VERY old and all the label reads is:
DWC
Rich Ruby Port
Shipped and Bottled By
The Directors Wine Club Ltd.
329 High Holborn W ??
Product of Portugal

If you could provide me with any information as to the year this might have come from or any kind of value...basically any information at all would be much appreciated.

Value of a Late Bottled Vintage Port

January 8, 2013
Question by: Fiona, via Mobile

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Can you tell me if a bottle of Offley LBV 1983 bottled 1989 is worth anything as my mother gave it to me as my father died. He had it as a gift.

Old Tawny Port

January 5, 2013
Question by: Robert, New Jersey, USA

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I have a bottle of 1937 Souza Tawny Port.  I am curious as to its value and any special cosideration I should give to openining it and storing it.  As an example: do I have to drink it in one seating or could I store it in a decanter?

1948 Vintage Port

January 5, 2013
Question by: Helder, Port Chester, NY, USA

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I have a 1948 oporto wine bottle, the label reads 1948 and is part torn, the seal on top reads J. W. BURMESTER & Co. and has not been touched.  What is it worth and is the wine still good?  I am going to give it to a friend who was born in 1948 and birthday coming up.

1984 Vintage Port

January 5, 2013
Question by: Andy, via Mobile

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I have a bottle of Warre's 1984 vintage port and was wondering  if you have any information on it.  Thanks

Value of a Late Bottled Vintage Port

January 4, 2013
Question by: Nicola, Great Britain

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Hello, we have come across a bottle of Ferreira Late Bottled Vintage Port 1982, bottled in 1988.  Could you please give us some idea of its value, thank you.

When to enjoy 1983 and 1955 Vintage Ports

January 4, 2013
Question by: Roger, via Mobile

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I've one bottle of Warre's 1983 and one bottle of Warre's 1955. When will they be " over the top" for drinking?

Visiting Porto

December 24, 2012
Question by: Torben, Copenhagen, DK

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Would appreciate any word of advice for four guys going to Portugal, for a lesson in the art of produce - tasting and finding vintage port, maybe bring home a rare bottle or two at a favourable purchase - compared to availability or prices in Denmark.  We will arrive on January 4. and will stay in the region for 4 days, maybe you know of something "portvine related" going on in that period...?  Thanks in advance - "The Danish Port Vine Lovers Vintage Dream Team;)..."

2012 Vintage Ports

December 24, 2012
Question by: Craig, Colorado Spring, USA

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Like many, I am looking to purchase a vintage Port for my grandchild born several weeks ago.  Is there a way to get on a list from different vineyards to be notified about availability?  I would like to be able to give a Christmas card that indicates that a bottle will be forth coming in the future, and don't know how to start the process.

Old Colheita

December 21, 2012
Question by: Dean, Chester, UK

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I have 1 bottle of  REAL COMPANHIA VELHA, VINHO DO PORTO, COLHEITA DE 1944.  Is it worth drinking or selling?

Port for a Christening Present

November 21, 2012
Question by: Julie, Mobile

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Hi, we are wanting to buy 2 bottles of port for our godsons christening that can be kept until their 21st birthdays.  Please advise how much I need to spend? I would like it to be Graham's Port as the surname of the children in Graham.

1979 Port

November 21, 2012
Question by: Connie, Cambridge

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What can you tell me about Port wine Real Companhia Velha Vintage 1979 and when should it be drunk by?  Thanks.

Faulty Port

November 8, 2012
Question by: Graham, Norfolk, UK

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At a dinner party last weekend I had a bottle of 1977 Warre's Port which was corked, this was the first bottle of Port I have had corked in thirty years in the wine business. I still have several bottles of 1977 Port in my cellar.  Is this something I’ve kept too long? My dinner guest that evening was a visitor from a winery in South Africa, it was a first for him also.  Please advise on my remaining bottles should they be consumed soon? or can I keep them?

Old Bottle of Port

November 8, 2012
Question by: Andrew, Holmfirth, GB

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I have a bottle of port from Quinta Da Capela dated 1975.  Is it worth saving, is it worth drinking or selling?  Thank you for any help you can give.

Old Bottle of Madeira

November 8, 2012
Question by: Paul, Mobile

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I have a bottle of Walsh Brothers 1880 Boal Reserve Madeira given to my parents in the 1940's. I am in a quandary whether to open it up for a very special occasion or try to sell it to an interested collector. Any thoughts? Do you know it's estimated value?  I know this is not Port but hope you can give me some insight.

Old Bottle of Port

November 8, 2012
Question by: Brian, LePuy Notre Dame, France

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Bonjour,  One of my wine making friends has sadly died.  His wife is selling off his cave and has asked me about a case of Sandemans Ambro-ette port, bottled in 1978 and bearing the annotaion 30 anos.  I would be gratefull if you could give me any idea of value and perhaps the best place to sell it. 

Bottle of Port for a Gift

November 8, 2012
Question by: Gitz, Scarborough CA, USA

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I am looking to buy a nice bottle of port for my husband as a gift. I know the older the better and more expensive :) My question is, is there a better brand that I should be looking for and where can I find one to buy.

Value of a Late Bottled Vintage Port

November 8, 2012
Question by: Felice, Mobile

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I have a bottle of 1927 Adriano Ramos Pinto Late Bottled Vintage and would like to know a value?

Old Bottle of Reserve Port

November 8, 2012
Question by: Don, Mobile

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I have a bottle of Tawny Port that I recieved from my grandfather when he passed away back in 2005.  I have a bottle of Hoopers reserve [V N De Gaia Oporto], it's in a basket weave bottle with a seal which is unbroken, and has 'Vila Nova de Gaia' on the label.

Value of a Vintage Port

October 21, 2012
Question by: Rodrigo (Mobile)

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I would like to know the value of a Warre's Port wine from 1953 in a wood box in perfect conditions?

Selling Vintage Port

October 21, 2012
Question by: Philip, Great Britain

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I have a bottle of Dows 1963 Vintage Port and a bottle of Cockburn's 1963 Vintage Port. I would like to sell both. Any idea what is the best way to do this?

Vintage 2011 ?

October 21, 2012
Question by: Tom, New Jersey, USA

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Is there any feeling yet if 2011 will be declared a vintage year?  When will we know for sure?

Australian Fortified Wine - Tawny

October 21, 2012
Question by: Bradley (Mobile)

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I have a bottle of Tawny Port that i recieved from my grandfather when he passed away back in 2005. On the label on the front of the bottle it says 'Second Australian 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix September 16th 1990'. The bottle number is 0782. Was just enquiring some information on it please.

Cork Length

October 6, 2012
Question by: Jeff, New York, USA

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It seems the latest vintages of the Symington line utilizes shorter 38mm cork lengths (especially the Vesuvios and Cockburns) as opposed to the standard 44mm or even older/longer 49 mm cork lengths.  Was there a reason for this?  For those of us who enjoy keeping bottles for many years, is it a cause for concern?  Should we recork with longer corks if we plan to hold for 10-20+ years?

Australian Fortified Wine

October 6, 2012
Question by: Sam, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

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I have a bottle of BANARA, 1979 Vintage Port. 750ml., Product Of Australia, Vintaged and bottled by C.H.KNEZOVIC & CO, Banara Wines, Benara Road. Caversham. Western Australia.  I bought it from Perth in year 2000, still kept in shelf.  Is it safe to drink it? (after so many years!)  Does it carry any market value nowadays?

2006 Vintage Ports

October 6, 2012
Question by: Kevin, Austin, USA

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Need advice on purchasing a Vintage year Port near 2006.  I would like to purchase a vintage port near the year of my son's birth to share with him when he turns 21.  He was born in 2006, and I would like to pick a vintage year close in time to his birth.  Any recommendations?

Selling Vintage Port

October 6, 2012
Question by: Bob, Chesterfield, UK

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I have the following bottles:  Graham's 1966 X 9, Graham's 1963 X 2, Offley 1970 X 10 (Boa Vista), Dows 1960 X 4 (labels missing wax impressed)  For sale--any interest?

Decanting an Australian Fortified Wine

October 5, 2012
Question by: Dave (Mobile)

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How long should I stand a bottle of 1962 Penfolds Port, and how long should I open it and decant before drinking?

Which Port for a Gift?

October 5, 2012
Question by: Emma, Southampton, GB

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My dad is a lover of Port and so I want to buy him a very nice bottle for his 60th birthday but I have no idea what I'm looking for (not being a Port lover myself - sorry!) - so I'm looking for some expert guidance please!  Any pointers you can give would be much appreciated, thank you.

Value of Vintage Ports

October 3, 2012
Question by: Jackie, London, GB

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I would like to know the value of the following bottles of Vintage Port: Grahams - 1980. Warre's - 1977 and 1960.  Offley - 1983 and Quarles Harris - 1980, 1977 and a bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1965.

1977 Vintage Port

October 1, 2012
Question by: Deborah, Cambridge, UK

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I have a bottle of Fonseca's finest 1977 Vintage Port, bottled in Oporto, bought from Harrods, does it have a value or will I just drink it?

Value of a Tawny Port

September 25, 2012
Question by: Geoffrey (Mobile)

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I have a bottle of Taylors 1979 20 year old Tawny Port, how much is it worth?

1985 Vintage Port

September 25, 2012
Question by: Davinia, Durham, UK

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i have a bottle of 1985 Sandeman's Port unopened and un-damaged, is it worth any value?

How Long to Store Port?

September 25, 2012
Question by: Rui (Mobile)

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For how long should I store a bottle of Port?

Australian Fortified Wine

September 25, 2012
Question by: Scotty (Mobile)

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I have a bottle of Chateau Tahbilk Port 1975 I think it just says 75 in the corner so I think it's 1975.  My dad gave it to me for my 21st birthday, it has never been opened and is still all looked after.

Dow's Finest Reserve 1988

September 23, 2012
Question by: Donald (Mobile)

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A friend of mine has a bottle of Dow's Finest Reserve 1988 port to sell but not sure about the price, could you advise?

American Fortified Wine

September 23, 2012
Question by: George, Maine, USA

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I have a bottle of 1976 Vintage Port Christan Brothers.  Should it still be good if stored properly?  And if i were to sell it, how much is it worth?

Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos 1982 Vintage Port

September 23, 2012
Question by: Anne, Edinburgh, UK

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Hello,  I have a friend who is not computer literate and has asked me to enquire about a bottle of vintage port that he has in his possession. The details are as follows:  Malvedos 1982 Vintage Port, Bottled in 1984, OPORTO, Portugal.

Can you give me any information about this port?  Anything would be of use.  I can forward a photo of the bottle if required.  Excuse me for being ignorant about Port, but I am just trying to help an old friend who used to know the wine trade in the 50's and 60's.

Old Bottle of Reserve Tawny

September 23, 2012
Question by: Mary, Mount Juliet TN, USA

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I have a bottle of Delaforce Reserve Tawny Porto.  I think this wine is from 1982 or 1983...is it valuable, and is it still worthy to drink?

Life Expectancy and Best Age to Enjoy Vintage Port

September 22, 2012
Question by: Damien, (Mobile)

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Typically how long does vintage port hold and what is its optimum drinking period?

Value of a Vintage Port

September 22, 2012
Question by: Keith, Surrey, UK

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I have a bottle of1972 Fonseca Port, any ideas of the value please?

Selling Late Bottled Vintage Port

September 22, 2012
Question by: Karen (Mobile)

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I have a Late Bottled 1978 Taylors Vintage Port...I would like to sell.

Perfect Age for Vintage Port

September 22, 2012
Question by: George, East Sussex, GB

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I am trying to find out what age Offley Boa Vista 1985 Vintage Port would be perfectly matured and should be sold? I have 12 bottles in an unopened crate which have been carefully stored for its entire life.

Buying Vintage Port in Chicago

September 20, 2012
Question by: Michael, Chicago, USA

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I am new to Chicago and looking for a way to begin adding to my Vintage Port collection, what is the best course of action for selecting Vintage crates?  Any suggestions?

Storing Vintage Port

September 20, 2012
Question by: Christiane, Paris, France

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How to store vintage port ?   Thank you in advance for your answer.

When to Drink 20 Year Old Tawny

September 20, 2012
Question by: Ryan, Henderson, USA

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I have a bottle of Grahams 20yr old Tawny Porto that was bottled in 2002. I have had it in a wine fridge since I got it 7 yrs ago.  My questions are, should I be drinking this as soon as possible? Has it probably gone bad? Is there any reason to wait to drink?

Decanting Advice, 1998 Vintage Ports

September 19, 2012
Question by: Mr. Smith, Washington, GB

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Please can you advise when should i start to decant the following port for drinking:  Fonseca Guimaraens 1998 Port and Warres Quinta da Cavadinha 1998 Port.

Gift Box of Port Miniatures

September 19, 2012
Question by: Derek, London

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I have a small tin gift box by St Michael (Marks & Spencer) with four miniature bottles of port (1 x vintage character, 1 x tawny 10 years old, 1x white & 1x late bottled vintage) given to me 25 years ago.  it has never been opened.  Is it any good or worth anything?

Unfiltered Port Styles

September 18, 2012
Question by: Linda, Texas, USA

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Which Ports are unfiltered? Does Warre's have an unfiltered port?  I live in a small town in East Texas, USA. My liquor store has Warre's Warrior but I think it is filtered.  I understand that unfiltered port is better medicinally.

Value of Australian Fortified Wines

September 18, 2012
Question by: Roger

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What is the price of a P.A.F.C. Inc. Series 1 century port 1982 no. 0558

Indication of Age Tawnies

September 13, 2012
Question by: Jeff, New York, USA

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An age old question (pun intended) came up again about the labeling of Tawny ports while enjoying a bottle of Grahams 20 Year Old Tawny.  While common convention dictates that the age of the tawny indicates the average age of the wines in the bottle, my understanding is that current IVDP laws regulate that as long as the wine subjectively taste like a particular age characteristic the bottle can be labeled as such.  Is my understanding correct that a majority of port houses actually adhere to the IVDP interpretation and not what common sense dictates?

Tasting Grapes

September 13, 2012
Question by: Alex, Bracknell, UK

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In the VPS Blog, you mention that Charles has been walking the vineyards and tasting the grapes.  What is he looking for when he tastes the grapes?  How do the grapes taste when compared to the white table grapes I normally buy in my supermarket and eat at home?

Warre's Grand Reserve Port 1965

July 10, 2012
Question by: Michiel, Tiel, NL

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I'm able to buy 12 bottles of Warre's Grand Reserve Port 1965, but I can't find any information about this port on the internet. Can you please inform me about this port, if it probably is in fine conditions or not, and what they are aprox worth at this time?

Antique Bottles

July 9, 2012
Question by: Susan, Swansea, GB

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I have two dozen old port bottles from 1820 to 1910 I believe, one has a p embossed in the glass, one has seams where each of the halves of the bottle join, one has the glass maker Bower Hunslet  within the glass on the base, one has M and M LPool  the rest have no markings, just the base is pointed up inside the bottle, not flat.  Please can you tell me if i should chuck them in the bottle bank or if they have any value, there are no labels.

Old Bottle of Delaforce Port

July 9, 2012
Question by: Louise, Knutsford, GB

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My mother has just passed away and I have found an enormous bottle of Delaforce His Eminence's Choice Port.  No clues on label as to date or size of bottle but would have thought twice the size of a wine bottle.  Very old label picture of men round table with wigs on eating and drinking.  Can you give me some help as to how to get a valuation and how to sell?

Cockburn's 1991 Vintage Port

July 9, 2012
Question by: Brad, Toronto, Canada

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I uncovered a bottle of Cockburns 1991 Vintage Port in my collection and wondered about your opinion on its drinkability.  I note that "late" is not found anywhere on the label.

1945 Port

July 9, 2012
Question by: Ben, Somerset, GB

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I have one bottle of 1945 Fonseca port which I wish to sell.  What is its value?

New Zealand Fortified Wine

July 9, 2012
Question by: Dylan, Sydney, Australia

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I have been trying to find information on my Cooks Ports made in New Zealand and get a value on them.  Any information would be great.  Cooks New Zealand 1982

Warre's Quinta da Cavadinha 1988

July 9, 2012
Question by: Philomena, Derbyshire, GB

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I have a bottle of Warres 1988 Quinta da Cavadinha Vintage Port.  Can you advise me how to sell it and what it may be worth.

Value of Australian Fortified Wines

July 9, 2012
Question by: Ryan, Burnie, Australia

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My pop has a bottle of port, a collectors edition from the 1983 Americas Cup, the one Australia ii won.  Is this worth anything or do you need more info? cheers

Cockburn's 1963

July 9, 2012
Question by: Letitia, London, GB

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I have two bottles of Cockburns vintage port 1963, i would like to sell them, but where to start? Will be grateful for any help.

Sunlight and Wine Storage

July 9, 2012
Question by: Pedro, Oeiras, Portugal

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Hello there! First off, you were kind enough to answer my first question in May regarding the effect of temperature on wine. After some consideration, I bought a wine cooler in order to keep temperatures in check (I figured that with global warming, things will only get worse on my non-AC apartment :) ). My question is, I have the wine cooler (transparent double glass, but non-UV filter) in the kitchen, where there is ambient light from the windows. Although there is no direct sunlight hitting the wine cooler, should I consider some sort of film darkening the inside of the cooler?

Old Bottle of Port

July 9, 2012
Question by: Andrew, Lewes, GB

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Hello, Can you give an idea of the value of a bottle of Vinho do porto, Garrafeira 1927. Numbered 246913.

Old Bottle Souza Guedes

July 9, 2012
Question by: Sean, Missouri, USA

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I need to find info on a wine bottle i can't find online. I can find a bottle that's similar from 1963, but the one i have is from 1950. Both bottles say Guedes but can not find the one from 1950. Produced and shipped by Miguel De Souza, Guedes & Irmao, Ltda. The label on my bottle reads Port of the 1891 Vintage. This rare Port was stored in oak casks at the time of the Vintage and bottled in 1950. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

2010 Vintage Port Availability

July 6, 2012
Question by: Emily, York, England

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Can you please tell me if it is still possible to purchase any of the 2010 Symington vintage and if so, if you know of a retailer near York, or indeed anywhere in England, who will sell it to me? I would like a case, ideally.  Thank you very much, in anticipation.

1994 Vintage Ports

July 6, 2012
Question by: Nicholas, Paris, France

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1. I  am fortunate to own several cases of Graham, Dow, Warre and Croft 1994 Vintage Port. Please could you place in order of quality for drinking over the next ten years which your preferred ports would be? If possible give them a comparative rating on a scale of 1 to 10.
2. These ports are stored with a prime London wine merchant. How would you go about selling those wines surplus to my own requirements to obtain the maximum return?

Dow's 1962 Special Reserve

July 5, 2012
Question by: Windy

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I have a bottle of Dow's 1962 Special Reserve bottled in 1972 and would like to find out the value of this vintage. I have searched the web and cannot find this particular bottle. I want to give it to my Son for his 50th birthday and it would be nice to know the value. I can send a picture of the label if that would help.

Off Scents or Flavours

June 26, 2012
Question by: Alex, Bracknell, UK

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Like all wines, Vintage Port suffers from the very occasional bottle that has suffered a problem during production or more usually storage so that the port is damaged when the bottle is opened.  Too much exposure to light can lead to a pale and flavourless drink, too much heat to lots of stewed flavours, and so on.  I have been lucky enough to drink enough port over the years to have got to recognise the different flaws and know how they have been caused.  Except for one!

Over the past 5 years and 2000+ bottles, I have tasted from two bottles of vintage port which have been really odd.  These two bottles were both quite old port (50+ years). Both had an overwhelming smell in the glass, smelling of bread and yeast - some others described the smell as that of gloss paint.  No-one was brave enough to taste the port.

Do you have any idea what might have caused this odd spoilage?  It wasn't volatile acidity or TCA taint.  Could it have been a bacterial infection of the port in some way?

Port as a Christening Present

June 22, 2012
Question by: Chrissie, London, UK

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It's my nephew's Christening on 24th June, and I was keen to get a bottle of port from the year he was born - 2011.  Is it possible to pre-order a 2011 bottle?, if so, could you advise of likely prices & how i could go about this.

Splash Mark on Vintage Bottles

June 22, 2012
Question by: Leo, Staten Island, USA

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I have heard that all vintage port bottles should have a smudge mark on the bottle to aid the rotation process.  I just received a magnum bottle of Dow's 1977 Vintage Port as a gift, that does not have a mark.  Should I be concerned ??

How to Decant

June 22, 2012
Question by: Maureen, Burton on Trent, UK

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I have a bottle of 1970 Graham's and need information on how best to decant it. The bottle has been lying on its side for 25 years.

Smith Woodhouse 1966

June 22, 2012
Question by: Graham, Montrose

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We have a bottle of Smith, Woodhouse & Co 1966 vintage port.  As none of our family are port drinkers we feel that this bottle would be somewhat wasted on us.  Do you buy vintage port? and if so what sort of proice would you offer.  We have had the port for approximately 32 years all of which it has been stored on it's side, in a basket within a cupboard.

Winery Design

June 21, 2012
Question by: Sofia, Madrid, Spain

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I´m working on an architectural project of a port winery, for a spanish university. I´d love to know some doubts I still have after looking out throughout millions of websites. I´d really appreciate it if you could answer them to me.

1.  I´ve seen one of the improvements in wineries is to carry out the process by using only gravity, instead of using hydraulic pumps.  Is this system suitable for making port wine?

2.  Do the tanks for keeping the must after fortification have to be in a separate room (because of the temperature and humidity) from the tanks where the fortification is carried out in? I mean, the temperatura and humidity are different in both cases?

3. How do you fill the "pipas" from the tanks? Is it neccesary to use pumps for doing it?

4.  How do you fill the "balseiros" and "toneis"? The same way to fill the "pipas"?

5.  How do you transport the must from the "pipas" to the bottling line?

Port as a Christening Present

June 21, 2012
Question by: Matthew, Edinburgh, Scotland

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I have recently been asked to be a Godfather to my best friend's first son. As christening gift I would like to buy a case of port of a recent vintage which will increase in value in 25 years and can then either be drunk or sold.  This is something my Godfather did for me so I would like to carry on the tradition.  Can you help recommend a very recent good vintage?

Cockburn's Aguardente

June 19, 2012
Question by: Jochen

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I have a bottle of Cockburn`s Aguardente Reserva Lote Especial.  Can you tell my what this is?

1920 Vintage Ports

June 19, 2012
Question by: Jeff, Floral Park, USA

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Did Graham's declare a 1920 Vintage Port?  I understand that both Taylor and Fonseca did, however I find no mention of any of a declaration from either Dow's or Graham's.

2012 Port

June 7, 2012
Question by: Steve, Great Britain

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My business partner has just had a baby and I wanted to get a bottle of port bottled this year. How do I do that?

Traditional Methods of Port Making

June 7, 2012
Question by: Francisco, Lisoba, Portugal

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Why aren't Port wines made anymore in the traditional way?  Why did one have to replace men by technology?  Is it a matter of Health Safety (EU regulation) or is it getting more and more difficult to find people to do this job in this remote area?  I went to Symington Quinta do Sol and saw the huge production. I'm working on a project on Port Wine for my IB Diploma.  Thank you.

1985 Vintage Port

June 7, 2012
Question by: Karl, Bury St. Edmunds, England

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I have a sealed wooden box of 1985 Vintage Port received as a birthday gift many years ago, and I am having difficulty with finding information about it (is it good, its value, etc).  The exterior of the box has the following markings:
1985 Vintage Port  /  TJK London  /  Das Vinhas Do Alto Douro  /  Real Companhia Velha  /  Companhia Geral Da Agricultura  /  Royal Oporto Wine Company

Is this a recognized vintage?

Dow's Dark Club Port

June 7, 2012
Question by: Simone, Reggia Emilia, Italy

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Hello, I'm Italian and I found in a my father´s house a bottle of an old port. In front of the bottle there is:  "Dow's Dark Club Port, Silva Cosens Ltd Oporto". How is it made? And in your opinion it's a good port?  Thanks

Port Storage

June 1, 2012
Question by: Stuart, Knutsford, GB

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Can you recommend a fridge to store port in ?  Just concerned about the price against the quality i.e. the vibrations from the fridge motor.

Dow's Nirvana

May 28, 2012
Question by: Fredrik, Göteborg, SE

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I conduct chocolate and wine tastings and was very intrigued to learn that there was a port specifically made to go well with fine chocolate. Since Dow's Nirvana isn't available in Sweden I was wondering if you know of any way that I could get my hands on a bottle or a case to try it out?

Dow's 1948

May 24, 2012
Question by: Andrew, UK

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I have come across a bottle of port that purports to be Dows 1948 vintage. Having checked online it does not appear that Dows released a 1948 vintage.  Could you confirm if this year was released by your company?

Change in Bottle Design

May 24, 2012
Question by: Dorsey, USA

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I am sooo distressed.  When you changed the Cockburn Port bottle you added the dimple in the bottom.  I have been making a water glass set from those bottles and now I can't complete the set.  I didn't mind the bigger logo.... it still would fit in but with the dimple, they no longer can be made into glasses. :-(   Just wanted you to know that change is not appreciated.  The port was fabulous before and it didn't need a dimple in the bottle to be any better.

Vintage 2011

May 24, 2012
Question by: Raymond, Axminster, UK

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Is it likely that 2011 will be declared a vintage?

Warre's 1977

May 24, 2012
Question by: Matthew, Dorchester, UK

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I have inherited an unopened wooden box (24 bottles) of Warres 1977 Vintage port.  I am interested to find out more about it - is it ready to drink? is it valuable? is it better sold in its current unopened state or as individual bottles; anything else I should know!

Old Bottle of 1927

May 23, 2012
Question by: Eric, San Jose, CA, USA

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My great-aunt just passed away and tucked away amongst her belongings was a 1927 Hoopers Port, unopened. What is the best way to ensure this bottle, which is very much intact, retains its drinkability and its value? And do you have any guidance or opinion on its drinkability or its value? If we're going to open it, do you have any recommendations?

Dow's 1977 Silver Jubilee Vintage Port

May 23, 2012
Question by: Michelle, Sheering, UK

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I have a bottle of Dow's 1977 Silver Jubilee Vintage Port.  Can you please tell me if this has any real value and if so, where I can sell it?

Crusted versus Vintage Ports

May 23, 2012
Question by: Stuart, Birmingham, UK

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What is the difference between Port and Crusted Port and how long can I keep Crusted Port?

Gift for a Naval Officer

May 23, 2012
Question by: Maryanne, Saint Peters, USA

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My son is being commissioned by the navy, as an officer. I was told that a vintage bottle of port was a good gift. Can you recommend one for me? Thank you.

Port as a Christening Present

May 22, 2012
Question by: Gareth, Portsmouth, UK

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I want to give a bottle of vintage port as a christening present that will be suitable for drinking when he is 18, in 2029. What would you suggest?

How to Make Vintage Port

May 13, 2012
Question by: Alma, Perth, Australia

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How is Vintage Port made?

Laying Down Port For the Future

May 13, 2012
Question by: Joe, Toronto, Canada

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I am totally naive when it comes to anything about wine.  I would like to purchase a case of wine from the year 2008 (my twin girls yr of birth).  I would like to keep it until their 21st birthday or even longer (perhaps wedding).  What am I looking for and where do I start?  Thanks in Advance.

Temperature Variation in Storage

May 13, 2012
Question by: Pedro, Oeiras, Portugal

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Hi there, Port Wine has always had some mystique to me since a kid, which developed as, for the past 10 years, having a glass of (tawny, typically) Port almost every night. I've developed a short but nice collection of bottles (Vintage and Tawny) including some bottles of Dow 1994 and 2007, Graham's 2003 and 2007. I live in an apartment, no AC, which means the temperature varies with the weather outside, and although I keep the wine in the coolest place of the house and darkest, it is still subjected to variations.

I've been considering buying a Wine Fridge, but some things on the whole "wine temperature" raised some questions in my head. Some of the more renowned Port wines in history are from the 60's. I seriously doubt they were stored at 15 Celsius. I would believe that, even in cellars, the temperature variation would be steep, and still, there are some classics in there. So, does temperature variation really matter that much?

Also, I would be interested in your opinion as to how long after buying should a tawny (= 20 years) be consumed... Thanks & Regards

Global Availability of Port Wines

May 11, 2012
Question by: Jeff, New York, USA

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For a globally recognized brand, why are some ports only bottled for a particular region and not brought over this side of the pond?  For example the Grahams 1952?

Selling Old Ports

May 11, 2012
Question by: Susan, West Sussex, UK

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Could you tell me how I can sell a bottle of 1945 Borges & Irmao port, I have had several estimates but need the experts, regards.

Warre's 1926

May 11, 2012
Question by: Gary, St. Austell, GB

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I have a bottle of Warre 1926 Vintage Port bottled in 1930, will this still be drinkable, does it have any value?

Finding Old Ports In the USA

May 9, 2012
Question by: Lori, Wilmington DE, USA

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I am looking for a 1962 bottle of Port for my husbands 50th birthday. I see on your site there is Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos and Dow's Quinta do Bomfim. Do you know where I can purchase a bottle in the United States?  Thanks in advance for your help!

Purchasing 2010 Vintage Ports - USA

May 9, 2012
Question by: Mark, Wisconsin, USA

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I am interested in purchasing Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port 2010 in commemoration of the birth of my first child in 2010.  Are there any online distributors who sell this vintage?

Buying Port in Pennsylvania

May 8, 2012
Question by: Steven, Pennsylvania, USA

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I had a question regarding purchasing Port wine online.  I live in the state of Pennsylvania which does not obtain, at least in my immediate area, a vast selection of Port wines, in particular Vintage Ports.  I was curious to know your recommendations of reputable importers or websites where I could purchase Port wine.  I am always concerned that some importers or warehouses don't properly store wine, thus I would pay for a poorly stored or kept wine.

Purchasing 2010 Vintage Ports - Italy

May 7, 2012
Question by: Antonio, Rome, Italy

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Could you help me to find a distributor or retailer near me to buy the Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port 2010 ?  Thanks

Purchasing 2010 Vintage Ports - UK

May 7, 2012
Question by: Tim, Palo Alto, CA, USA

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I'm living in California at the moment, but will be back in the UK before long.  I'd like to buy some of the Quinta 2010 vintage that you've just released en primeur.  What is the best company to do that with?  I'm a member of the Wine Society and account holder at Berry Brothers. Thanks so much for your help.

Warre's 2000 Vintage Port

May 7, 2012
Question by: Roger, Croyden, UK

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I have 6 bottles of Warres 2000 vintage port that I purchased from the Sunday Times Wine Club and has been in storage with them ever since. I now wish to sell them and would be grateful if you could give me a rough idea of the value and how best to go about it. Thank you.

Selling Old Ports

May 7, 2012
Question by: Shirley, Bournemouth, UK

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I have 5 bottles of vintage port I would like to sell they are as follows:
J.W Burmester & Co. 'ld Oporto Colheita 1955 extra selected
Taylor's Quinta De Vargellas 1978 Vintage Port
Cockburn Vintage Port 1975
Taylor's 10 year Tawny port bottled in 1998
Vinho do Porto Messias Vintage Port 1984

Vintage 2010 Availability

May 2, 2012
Question by: Timothy, Worcester, UK

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Can you please suggest where and when I might be able to obtain one of your 2010 vintages en primeur? Many thanks.

Vintage 2011 Quality

May 2, 2012
Question by: Tom, Sparta, USA

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I know this is still a year or so before any formal declaration will be made, but is there any indication for the 2011 grapes regarding vintage quality?

Miniatures of Port

May 2, 2012
Question by: Claire, Herts, UK

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I would like to give miniature bottles of Port as my wedding favours but am struggling to find any.  Can you advise if you supply?

Information about Declared Vintages

May 2, 2012
Question by: Adam, USA

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I am interested in the last 5-10 declared vintages of port dating up until the most recent declaration.

Dow's Vintage 1944

May 2, 2012
Question by: Maurice, Wolverhampton, UK

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Wondering if there is any value to a bottle of Dow Port 1944 I have. Comments appreciated

2010 Vintage Port Announcements

May 2, 2012
Question by: Robin, London, GB

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Can you please advise whether you or any of the other port houses have declared 2010 a vintage year or not. Thanks

Value of Vintage Ports

May 2, 2012
Question by: Jo, Littlehampton, GB

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What is the value of Real Cavelha Vintage Port 1985, and Grahams Late Bottled Vintage Port 1994, and where is it possible to sell?

Dow's Port for Harrods

May 2, 2012
Question by: Rebecca, Brisbane, Australia

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I have a bottle Harrods Port dow's made in Portugal the bottle number is 256071.  My husband brought it in 1992 in the UK, we were just wondering what it is worth?  My husband can't remember how old it was when he purchased it. It is a 20cl bottle, it has a green label that says Oporto, Harrods Finest Reserve Port bottled by Silva & Cosens Ltd specially selected for Harrods by Dow's Port. It has paper tags stuck under the seal which says ZA 256071 01 Any help would be great.

Old Bottle of Graham's Ruby Port

April 25, 2012
Question by: Sophie, Petersfield, GB

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A relative recently passed away and when clearing the house we stumbled across this 'Grahams Ruby Port' with no date that I can see. Although it looks old, with a yellowed and slightly mold damaged label, it has a screw top with the seal not broken. On the bottom of the bottle are clear letters reading 'Luis Gordon & Sons Ltd Domeco Sherries' and the numbers 2140-22. Is there much value in this or can I simply open and enjoy?  Thanks for your help.

Residual Sugars

April 25, 2012
Question by: Jeff, Floral Park, USA

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We have a friendly discussion amongst fellow port lovers and are wondering what are the residual sugars of the SFE line up for 2007 Vintage Ports.  Would it be possible to divulge that information?

Corkless Bottle

April 25, 2012
Question by: Joshua, New York, USA

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What would cause a bottle of Vintage Port to have a capsule and a selo, but no cork? Is it even safe to drink or may lead have leached into it from the capsule?

Is it Possible to Buy a Pipe of Port?

April 25, 2012
Question by: Jeff, Floral Park, USA

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I'm looking to possibly set one aside for my offspring and I've been hearing great things about 2011 (birth year of my son).  So, is it possible to still buy a pipe of port in this day and age?

Pricing of Old Vintages

April 23, 2012

Q:

How much should I pay for a bottle of 1970 vintage port?

Old Bottle of Hooper's Port

April 23, 2012
Question by: Barrie, Liverpool, UK

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I have a bottle of Hoopers reserve [V N Degaia Oporto] it's in a basket weave bottle with a seal which is unbroken, and is probably over 50 years old.  Should I drink it or save it?

Visit to Graham's Lodge

April 23, 2012
Question by: Sharon, Hillsborough, CA, USA

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What is the address of the tasting room in Oporto?  We will be there in mid May and wanted to plan walking or driving tour from Palacio do Freixo.

2010 Vintage Port Release

April 19, 2012

Q:

I want to buy a case of 2010 port. When will it be released?

Old Ruby Port

April 19, 2012
Question by: Ian, Great Yarmouth, UK

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I have a bottle of port I was given twenty years ago by a friend  who had owned it for over forty years and wondered whether it was of interest to anyone. It was bottled by John Martin of London Ltd and is labelled simply as an Old Ruby Port bottled in Oporto. It is encased in a woven straw casket and has a Martin's label. I have never heard of them and doubt it is drinkable but wondered if anyone knew of the company and what it may be worth?

Old Bottle of Port

April 19, 2012
Question by: Raelene, Melbourne, Australia

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Can you advise age and value of Hoopers Rare Port and if still drinkable.  Label on side of neck has a picture of vine and reads:
CV    630384    64
Bottle encased in wicker basket and has a round label with 5 red stars. Under the stars it reads Rare Port, under that label is the main label which is black it has a crest.  On the left of the crest it reads ALC.  19% VOL.  On the right of the crest it reads Contents 750ml, and then reads:
Hoopers
Rare Port (with a white star at the beginning and end)
(Specially Selected)
Companhia Geral  DA Agricultura Das Vinhas Do Alto Douro, SARL

Value of Australian Fortified Wines

April 17, 2012
Question by: John, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia

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Can you please estimate what these bottles are worth as I am interested in selling them:  Vintage Port 1980 - ITALY World Cup winner - Bottled for Alexander and Paterson, North Melbourne, Victoria. Produce of Australia X 4 bottles, 75mls, with photos of the team on each bottle

Graham's 1977 Vintage Port

April 13, 2012
Question by: Emily, Kent, England

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I was given some port for my christening and am now looking into selling it. It is a crate of 12 bottles of Grahams Vintage Port 1977. How much is this worth?

Value of a Tawny Port

April 13, 2012
Question by: John, Charlotte, NC, USA

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I have a bottle with case of Ferreira Old Tawny Porto 20 year NV Duque de Braganca purchased in 2001.  How much is it worth?

Value of a 1977 Vintage Port

April 13, 2012
Question by: Kim, Chesham, UK

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I have a bottle of Delaforce 1977 Vintage Port stamped DE 526920, can you please advise me on how it should be stored and what you think the current value might be?

1952 Port

April 13, 2012
Question by: Di, Nebo, Australia

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Where could I purchase a 1952 bottle of port for a 60th birthday gift?

Value of Australian Fortified Wines

April 13, 2012
Question by: Greg, Sydney, Australia

Q:

Are you able to tell me anything about Penfolds 1981 Vintage Port that was part of "the Australian Dozen 1986" for the Australian Newspaper?

Purchasing Warre's Vintage Port

April 9, 2012
Question by: Mrs. Adams, Birmingham, GB

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Please can you tell me where in the UK that I can purchase Warre's 1995 Quinta da Cavadinha Vintage Port, Oporto Portugal ?

Port to Take Home to Sweden

March 28, 2012
Question by: Birgitta, Kalmar, Sweden

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Please name a good Port to bring back from Portugal to Sweden.

Warre's Quinta da Cavadinha 1988

March 27, 2012
Question by: Janice, Kingsbridge, UK

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Could you please advise if you stock the Warre's Vintage Port 1988 Quinta da Cavadinha and if so what is the cost as I have to replace this like for like. Many thanks.

San Simeon Fortified Wine

March 27, 2012
Question by: Andrew, Launceston, Australia

Q:

How much is a cased San Simeon port worth?

Unmarked Bottles

March 27, 2012
Question by: Matt, Canberra, Australia

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I was given 6 bottles of port from my grandma which is said to have been racked for 30 years and she's not sure what year it was made. All bottles are the same and compared to off the shelf ports it is absolutely inferior. I have polished off 2 bottles but a description is average height bottle, dark green and has gm on the bottom but un-labeled, thats all I can give. Has anyone had any bottle like this and would it be vintage being so old?

Mouldy or Crumbling Corks

March 20, 2012
Question by: Greg, London, GB

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I have just opened a bottle of Churchills Vintage 1985. There was a lot of mould growth on the top of the cork and the cork pretty much collapsed on opening. The latter I understand is not uncommon. Does mould growth necessarily mean a bad port? It was only apparent on the top (outside surface) of the cork

1957 Port Wine

March 20, 2012
Question by: Albertina, New York, USA

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Vinho do Porto desta safra (1957) é ainda considerado bom para beber?  Estou pensando em dar de presente para amigos que vao celebrar 55 anos de casados, Obrigado.

Is Port wine from 1957 still considered good to drink?  I am thinking of giving this as a present to friends who will celebrate 55 years of marriage.  Thanks.

Best Age to Enjoy Vintage Port

March 19, 2012
Question by: Ray, IE

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From what age can you drink Vintage Port?  Does it vary between vintages?

Single Varietal Ports

March 19, 2012
Question by: Fredrik, Göteborg, SE

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Have there ever been attempts at creating grape-specific ports such as a single quinta Touriga Nacional for instance? I imagine it could be interesting for port enthusiasts to compare two single-grape ports from the same vintage.

Yalumba Fortified Wine

March 19, 2012
Question by: Maurice, Nerang Qld, Australia

Q:

I have a 35 to 40 year old Yalumba port John Smith & Sons what would be the approx value?  Many Thanks

Warre's 1991

March 19, 2012
Question by: Mrs Mason, Kendal, GB

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My son was given a bottle of Warres 1991 Vintage Port on his christening 16yrs ago and this had been kept in the cellar in a wooden box, lying down.  Should I keep it there until it's ready to drink and also is it worth anything.

1910 Colheita

March 14, 2012
Question by: Brian, London, GB

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I have a bottle of Constantino's 1910 Colheita Port (bottled 1972) which has been well stored over the years and has a level into the neck, and it's original box.  i would like to know its selling value in today's market. Thank you.

Water Wheel Fortified Wine

March 14, 2012
Question by: L, Melbourne, Australia

Q:

Hi I am trying to find out how much bottles of Waterwheels Vintage port are. I have quite a few bottles of the following years 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1986. I cant find any info on them anywhere and was hoping you could help thanks.

Warre's 1975

March 14, 2012
Question by: Muriel, Glasgow, UK

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I recently bought a bottle of Warre's 1975 Vintage Port for my son and was surprised to see that it specified By appointment to the King of Denmark. We have puzzled over this since we thought he died in 1972 and wonder why this does not read "the Queen of Denmark"?

Graham's 1963

March 13, 2012
Question by: Fiammetta, Pulborough, UK

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I have 4 bottles of Graham's 1963 vintage port ; I should like to know the value and if/how I could sell them.

Graham's 1942

March 8, 2012
Question by: Sten, Malmö, SE

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I have seen a Graham 1942 but on the label (late bottled). I guess this is not a LBV but a 1942 bottled perhaps after 4 years which happen for example with Taylor vintage 1938 which was bottled in 1942. This is a Graham vintage 1942 but bottle later but not a LBV according to what we mean today. Am I right?

Old Theophilus Port

March 5, 2012
Question by: Paul, East Farley, GB

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My stepfather opened a bottle of Old Theophilus Port this evening that has been handed down to him by his mother. On further inspection, the label says "to appointment to the King", so this is clearly a pre-1952 vintage. On sampling it, it is a lovely tawny port. I have tried to research more about it, but there is no information at the usual sources. Would you know anything more about this Port ?

1977 Port SWC

March 5, 2012
Question by: Carolyn, Austin, USA

Q:

Curious of the value of a 1977 Port SWC - Vintage Porto.

1937 Port Wine

March 5, 2012
Question by: Kathy, San Diego, USA

Q:

We have a bottle of 1937 Coopers Port Wine and want to know the history and price to sell?  The company was started in 1775, according to the label.

Ruby Port

February 27, 2012
Question by: Michael, USA

Q:

I found a full bottle of Robertson's, Black Label, Ruby, Light Porto, Oporto, Portugal.  Can you tell me about it and its value?  I'm guessing the age is 30-50 years old.

Port as a Christening Present

February 24, 2012
Question by: Melissa, London, GB

Q:

I'm a recent godmother and for the child's christening present I would like to buy a couple of bottles of port that will be perfect when he is 21! I don't have much money, so what should I buy now that will be special then!?  Thanks.

Coreira's Vintage Port 1977

February 24, 2012
Question by: Dimi, Ravels, BE

Q:

When I was searching the internet, couldn't find any information about this port:  Coreira's 1977 Vintage Port, back label: bottled and shipped by the Douro Wine Shippers and Growers Association.  Can you tell me anything about the house and drinkability?

Keeping an Opened Bottle of Vintage Port

February 20, 2012
Question by: Phil, Delta, CA

Q:

When I open a bottle of Dow's 1991 Vintage Port I will only have small glass with a cigar once in a while.  It may take me several months to drink a full bottle. What is the best way to store it?

Graham's 1983 Vintage Port

February 17, 2012
Question by: Wendy, Meerhout, Belgium

Q:

When is the best time to drink this Graham's 1983 Vintage Port or can it stay even more years in the bottle. How much is it worth?

Vintage vs. Quinta Vintage Port

February 15, 2012
Question by: Bob, Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Q:

What is the difference between a "Vintage Port" and a "Single Quinta Vintage Port"?

Value of Australian Fortified Wines

February 14, 2012
Question by: Robert, Canberra, Australia

Q:

Q 1.. i have a full set of 6 of the Customs House tawny ports put out by Yalumba, what is their value?

Q 2 .. i have two full sets 1980 and 1982 Capital City Racehorse Cup winners , including the Kingston Town Sydney Cup put out by St Hallets.  What is their value?

Value of Old Ports

February 14, 2012
Question by: Ellis, Stourbridge, GB

Q:

I am trying to establish the worth of some vintage port: (2) Niepoort 1952, one 1959, also (5) bottles S V Borges & Irmao Oporto Alto Douro 1963.  Many thanks.

Old Bottle of Old Master

February 3, 2012
Question by: Steven, Dunstable, GB

Q:

Hi, I have recently discovered some old bottles of port at the back of my garage and was interested to find out its origin, value and availability.  OLDMASTER Superior Old Tawny Port.

Gould Campbell Crusted Port

February 1, 2012
Question by: Robin, Stratford-on-Avon, GB

Q:

My father died recently leaving behind two bottles of Gould Campbell Crusted Port bottled in 1980. The label shows they were imported by The I.W.B.C. Ltd in Worcestershire. Is this particular port considered collectible or of any value? As none of the remaining family drink we might be looking to sell it on to someone who may appreciate it.

Finding Port In the USA

February 1, 2012
Question by: Daroyl, Mauretown, USA

Q:

Hello!  Your website is fantastic. I have been enjoying a wonderful bottle of Dow LBV.  I have one small child, and one on the way, can I order through the website, or do I have to wait until it finds its way to the U.S?

Orlando Port

February 1, 2012
Question by: George, Adelaide, Australia

Q:

Can you tell me the value of 1963 vintage Orlando port?

Warre's 1977

January 31, 2012
Question by: Scarlett, Staffordshire, GB

Q:

Hey, i have a case of 12 bottles unopened Warre's 1977.  What I would like to know is, how much is it worth and where is the best place to sell it and get the best price from it?  Thanks.

Unmarked Bottles

January 30, 2012
Question by: Margaret, Edinburgh, Scotland

Q:

My brother left me 3 bottles of port. None of the bottles have labels, but all have wax seals on the top with "vintage port" 1960. Is there any way of finding out where the port came from?

1996 Graham's LBV

January 30, 2012
Question by: Philip, Shipston on Stour, GB

Q:

Having recently refound a bottle of 1996 Grahams Late Bottled Vintage Port i was just enquiring as to whether it was a good year or not so I can decide as to keep it and let it mature or just crack it open and enjoy.  Many thanks.

1952 Vintage Port

January 27, 2012
Question by: Thomas, San Diego, CA, USA

Q:

i need to find a bottle for a birthday.  I am in Los Angeles and looking for the year 1952.

Graham's 1982 Late Bottled Vintage

January 24, 2012
Question by: Jenny, Winchester, GB

Q:

I have looked on lots of sites for this year and have not been able to find out anything about it. It was given to me 25 years ago, is there any information you can give me please ?

Which Port for a Gift?

January 18, 2012
Question by: Sophie, Middlesborough, GB

Q:

I want to buy some port for my Uncle's 50th birthday but I'm not sure which one to buy. I want one that is a good all rounder, affordable and a decent type.

Vintage 2011

January 13, 2012
Question by: John, London, Great Britain

Q:

I am interested in buying a case of 2011 port as a Christening present for my Godson. Please advise on when this would be possible, and where it could be acquired.  Thanks.

1986 Vintage Port

January 8, 2012
Question by: Nicholas, Salisbury, GB

Q:

I have a Quinta do Panascal 1986 vintage port bottled in 1988. How long can I keep this and does it have any value?

1963 Vintage Ports

January 2, 2012
Question by: Andrew, Selborne, GB

Q:

Is 1963 vintage port too old?

Late Bottled Vintage Ports

January 2, 2012
Question by: Fraser, Birmingham, GB

Q:

Please give reviews on Symington Family Estates Late Bottled Vintage Port 2006 from the Wine Society, also price.

Old Bottle

December 30, 2011
Question by: Almerinda, Toronto, Canada

Q:

While clearing out my dads liquor cabinet I came across a bottle of Real Companhia Vinicola Norte (port wine - serial # on bottle 402360). My dad acquired the bottle in 1969. The bottle has no year marked on it and I'm wondering would it still be good to drink - there's quite a bit of sediment? Is this a vintage port? Is it worth anything?

"White Label" Warre's

December 30, 2011
Question by: Cat, Chichester, England

Q:

This Christmas we decided to open the very old bottle of port that came from my mother's aunt when she lived in Portugal in the 1950's but we were interested in knowing more about it. It only says "White Label No. 1" and 'not for sale' (in Portuguese) with 'Warre & Ca. Lda. Vila Nova de Gaia' on the label. There's no other information except some markings in the glass on the bottom of the bottle, although the label has the same look as the Warre bottles from the 1950's, so I was wondering if there was any way of finding out which year it actually came from?

Warre's 1980

December 28, 2011
Question by: Phil, Donegal, Ireland

Q:

I was wondering how much our bottle of port is worth?  It is a Warre's 1980 Vintage Port, Bottled 1982

South African Fortified Wine

December 27, 2011
Question by: Charles, Aylesbury, Great Britain

Q:

Where can I find information on Fortified Wines produced in South Africa such as cape Port?

Decanting Vintage Port

December 25, 2011
Question by: Martin, Westport, USA

Q:

I have opened and decanted a number of Vintage Ports, so I read your "How To" on this with interest but with some experience. I was surprised and puzzled at the advice to look through the neck of the bottle to detect sediment.  While this works with a table red almost all the Vintage Ports that I have opened have been in bottles that are completely opaque. Even with a candle one cannot see into them. How do you rationalize your advice when it really does not work.
 

2010 Vintage Port

December 23, 2011
Question by: Andy, Worcester, GB

Q:

Hi,  My son was born in 2010 and I'd love to lay down a case of port for him. However, I haven't seen anything to say whether 2010 was declared a vintage year. Do you know when the houses declare if their port will be a Vintage?

Late Bottled Vintage and Crusted Ports

December 19, 2011
Question by: Connie, Newcastle, GB

Q:

Can all the LBV & Crusted port wines be stored for more than 10 years or longer? Thank you!

Cockburn's 1998 LBV

December 19, 2011
Question by: Sandy

Q:

I have a bottle of Late Bottled Vintage Cockburn's port dated 1998. Vinho do Porto no. 315599 and signed by M P Reader, wine taster.  Do you have any idea if it is okay please?

Dow's 1966

December 19, 2011
Question by: Darren, Plymouth, UK

Q:

Hi, I was gifted a bottle of 1966 Dow Vintage Port last year and since then has sat upright in its presentation box in my kitchen approx 3ft away from my gas hob. This is obviously not an ideal place to keep it and would like information on how best to keep it. Secondly, how long will I be able to keep the port before it starts to deteriorate.
Thanks in advance of your reply.

Dow's 1985

December 14, 2011
Question by: Nancy, Leicester, GB

Q:

My husband has an unopened case of Dows 1985 vintage port and we are wondering whether we should sell it or drink it! Can you give us an approximate idea of its value and whether it is ready to drink now please

Christian Brothers 1969

December 13, 2011
Question by: Megan, USA

Q:

Just curious on an estimate on my bottle of port. It is a Christian Brothers 1969 Vintage port. I have tried to do hours of research....I couldnt find a thing. Just wondering what a ballpark estimate would be on a vintage port.

Warre's Ruby Port

December 13, 2011
Question by: Gordon, Torquay, UK

Q:

i purchased a bottle of Warre's Ruby port in Portugal in the Eighties, just curious as to how much it may be worth?  The year of the port is 1965.  Thank you

Gould Campbell 1975

December 13, 2011
Question by: Anthony, Dunstable, UK

Q:

I have one bottle of Gould & Campbell port circa 1975, is it worth anything?

Limited Edition Port

December 11, 2011
Question by: Dawn, Wagga Wagga, Australia

Q:

Can you please tell me the history of this Limited edition and the value of a bottle of it?  PORT DISTRICT 952 1980-1981 Series 4

2010 Vintage Port

December 11, 2011
Question by: Suzy, Australia

Q:

Hi there

I would like to buy a 2010 port, the year of birth of a friend's child, as a christening gift which will be ready to drink in 18 years time, do you have any recommendations please? Many thanks.

Keeping an Open Bottle of Vintage Port

December 9, 2011
Question by: Tim, Aberdeen, UK

Q:

Dear Port Experts,

I am looking to buy a nice vintage bottle of port for Christmas (1977 - 1980). It is unlikely that the whole bottle will be drunk over the festive period and I am concerned that if a half drunk bottle is left for months (I don't drink port every week !) the port will deteriorate in the bottle due to exposure to air inside the bottle. I had planned to decant the full bottle into some smaller bottles reducing this effect and allowing me to store it but I don't know if this will work. Any advice on how I can keep the port at its optimum once opened for a long period i.e months would be much appreciated.

Drinking Dates and Values

December 6, 2011
Question by: Sophie, Hertfordshire, UK

Q:

I have a case of Graham's 2000 stored in its original case under bond in the UK and my husband has one bottle of Dow's 1977 Vintage Port stored in our wine fridge at home, can you please give me some idea of drinking dates and value? Thank you for your help.

Whitwhams Millennium Port 1999

December 5, 2011
Question by: Elizabeth, Manchester, UK

Q:

I have one bottle of Whitwhams Millenium Port 1999 which was given to me as a gift in 2000. I have stored it carefully since then. Are you able please to give me any advice as to how I should go about selling it? Best wishes

Symington's Quinta do Vesuvio Anniversary Box

December 2, 2011
Question by: Andrew, Colchester, UK

Q:

Hi, I am no Port expert but have the option to buy a nice looking box set of 6 vintage Ports.  It says Symington's Quinta do Vesuvio Anniversary Limited Edition and comes in a wooden chest which locks with a key at the front, has 2 flaps which open under the lid.  There are 6 plaques possibly made of china with the years on and a signed card that is for 8?  I have been looking for information on the internet for days now but cannot find anything about it or its value.  Can you help?  Many thanks.

Tawny vs. Port Wines from the same producer

December 2, 2011
Question by: Scott, USA

Q:

In general, which is better, a tawny or late bottled vintage port from a high quality producer such as Graham's or Taylor?

2001 Vintage

November 30, 2011
Question by: Patricia Johnston, Antrim, U.K.

Q:

Quinta de Vargellas 2001 is being offered by Tesco at £153 per case. It seems a good price. what do you think of the port?
 

Valuation of 1963 Vintage

November 30, 2011
Question by: Evelyn Wood, Argyll, U.K.

Q:

Hi, I'm clearing my late parents' home and have come across 11 bottles of Ferreira 1963 in two marked boxes originally intended to hold 6 each. I remember they were purchased when the wine shop in which my mother worked (in Abingdon, Oxon.) was taken over by a high street off-licence chain in 1978 and all of the fine wines were sold off. I can also remember the evening a 'friend' insisted my father break open one of the bottles from his 'investment' - hence there being only 11. The remaining bottles are all intact and quite soiled, but I know they were carefully stored. I'd be grateful if you could advise me of their value as they will have to be sold as part of the house clearance. Many thanks in advance.

Fine Douro Port

November 30, 2011
Question by: Ronald Lewis, Pasadena, USA

Q:

I have been given a bottle of "Douro Port", 1946 Vintage in a straw wrapped bottle and shipped by C. da Silva (Oporto).  Can you tell me more about this vintage; still pourable, any particular value, and how should I decant it?  Thank you.

Discovered Bottle of Port

November 30, 2011
Question by: Martin, U.K.

Q:

Hello, I discovered a bottle of Graham's Six Grapes Port label id LG-108076-01. Could you tell me what age it is and whether it is worth keeping? Thanks.

Quinta do Bomfim 1979

November 30, 2011
Question by: Steve, Kent, U.K.

Q:

Hi there!  I've got a bottle of Dow's Quinta do Bomfim 1979 Vintage Port , bottled 1981, sy12574487, how much is it worth?  Many thanks

Port for Christmas

November 25, 2011
Question by: Suzie, Woking, England

Q:

Hi there, I've got my father-in-law to be for Secret Santa this year, and he loves a good port. Not being a lover myself, I wondered if you could give me the name of a good, full bodied, fruity port on a budget for around £25 that's sure to please. Your expert advice is much appreciated indeed!

Identifying a Port

November 25, 2011
Question by: Tommy, Liverpool England

Q:

We have had a bottle of port in our house for some years and would like to know if it was worth anything My mother had it before she died.  The label is Sandemans porto white on the neck of the bottle it has a label that says  SR  324201  26  but I am unable to find the year.  We also have a Sandeman port decanter in the shape of the Sandeman figure that came with it.

Selling Old Ports

November 22, 2011
Question by: Chris, Epsom, Great Britain

Q:

Further to the question last August re Serafim Cabrals 1970 vintage port, I have a case of 12 bottles of the aforesaid, bought and laid done at the birth of my son in 1975.  He does not appreciate port and would now prefer the money!  Our tastes differ.  How should I best go about selling or auctioning the case, appreciating that you do not specialise in this port?  With thanks in anticipation of a reply.

20 Year Old Tawny Port

November 7, 2011
Question by: Felice, Singapore

Q:

I bought a bottle of WARRE'S 20 yr old TAWNY PORT and it was bottled in 2002. May i check with you what is its 'age' actually? Is it a good Vintage?  How long can i keep it?  Thank you.

Food Pairing with Vintage Port

November 7, 2011
Question by: Paulo, LIsboa, Portugal

Q:

I would be most grateful if you could tell me what are the best food pairing for young vintage, middle age vintage and old vintage.  Thank you very much.

2004 Vintage Port Availability

November 3, 2011
Question by: James, Wetherby, UK

Q:

When is Warre's Quinta da Cavadinha 2004 going to be released for sale?  It is my son's birth year and I am looking to buy a vintage port from this year.  Do I wait until you release this or buy another quinta?

Vintage Port on a Budget

November 3, 2011
Question by: James, Bristol, UK

Q:

Hello, I recently went to Le Caprice with my father and tried my very first vintage port, a little late at 21, which was a Grahams 1983. I thought it was fantastic and am now looking to buy a couple of bottles. Could you reccomend a Port around the £40 mark that would be a good alternative? the £70 bottles available are a bit of a stretch for me.

Decanting

October 29, 2011
Question by: Jeff, Santa Rosa, California

Q:

Should port be decanted, whether Vintage or Tawny? Or aerated?

Gould Campbell 1927

October 26, 2011
Question by: Jules

Q:

Greetings,  Did Gould Campbell declare in 1927? I have a bottle purchased at Christies with only a tag stating “Gould Campbell 1927 vintage port”. The bottom of the bottle has embossed: “C. S & Co. Ltd” “131”.  Thank you for any help you could give.

Smith Woodhouse Madalena 1988

October 26, 2011
Question by: Marino, Horley, Great Britain

Q:

Last year I was given a bottle of 1988 Madalena Vintage port I would like to know if this bottle is ready to drink or is better to keep a little longer?

How Long Will it Keep?

October 24, 2011
Question by: David, Coventry, UK

Q:

Once opened how long will Port last and how should you store it once opened?

Life in Bottle - Other Port Styles

October 20, 2011
Question by: J, Santander, Spain

Q:

In a recent visit to your cellar, I bought several bottles of your wines, namely,

- Grahams 10 Years Tawny Port
- Grahams Finest Reserve

I would appreciate your kindly advising about how much time these wines remain in good condition

aa) Without opening the bottle, and
bb) After opening the bottle.

Please, bear in mind that I live in the north of Spain, which is a rainy and humid country.

Dows 1987 Quinta Do Bomfim Vintage Port

October 12, 2011
Question by: Len, Great Britain

Q:

Hi. I have had a bottle of the above stored in its original wooden box for years in a cupboard.  We have just revamped the house and come across this port which my wife wants to drink with her lemonade.  I have strictly forbid this as although I cannot find its value anywhere on the internet, it appears to me as this may be a rather nice bottle and something to only use on a special occasion.  Are you please able to advise.

Martinez 1987 Vintage Port

October 4, 2011
Question by: Jack, Great Britain

Q:

Hi,  I have an unopened case of port (unsure if it is 12 or 6 bottles) but the size is 41x30x24cm. The name on the outside is Martinez 1987 Vintage Port.  Could I have an evaluation on the lot.

Laying Down Port Without a Cellar

September 30, 2011
Question by: Carson, Washington DC, USA

Q:

Good evening,  I recently purchased a bottle of 2005 Burmester Vintage. I must confess to loving, yet being utterly unknowledgeable about, port wines. How should I handle this bottle? I don't have a cellar and am nervous about storing the bottle in the warmer months that will come about nine months from now.  Thanks so much.

Ports from 1980s

September 29, 2011
Question by: Arturo, Denia, Spain

Q:

i have a case of 85 and 87 of Hutcheson Porto, i like to know what is worth, can you give me an idea?  Thanks

Site Language

September 22, 2011
Question by: Luis, Porto, Portugal

Q:

Hello! I think your site is fantastic! But why don't you have also this site in Portuguese? You are Scottish, but you are working in Portugal! This wine is the result for your work and our terroir! Nice job!

Old Bottle

September 21, 2011
Question by: Judy, Norwich, Great Britain

Q:

I have recently aquired a bottle of Feuerheerd 24, Produce of Portugal, bottled by P Phipps wine and spirit merchants of Northampton.  The cork has deteriated and is leaking. Could you please tell me anything about it?  Thank you

1908 Vintage Port

September 12, 2011
Question by: Robin, Great Britain

Q:

Please advise if a bottle of Sandeman 1908 port is still drinkable? It was shipped by Sandeman has the year 1908 and bottled 1918 on a brown luggage tag with John Davy on the reverse.

1989 Vintage Ports

September 12, 2011
Question by: Larry, Orlando, USA

Q:

Hello,  I need to buy a 1989 vintage port to celebrate an occasion. My daughter will be graduating college within a year and she was born in 1989. We are going to toast to her graduation and I thought it would be special to do that with a really nice bottle of a vintage port that was made in 1989. Can you give me suggestions on what to look for? I would like to stay in the $75-$200 range.  Thank you

1934 Warre's

September 6, 2011
Question by: Guy, North Carolina, USA

Q:

Hello,  I bought a bottle of 1934 Warre's in about 2002 as an investment. It seems the market has deteriorated and its worth about the same as I paid for it. I'm looking for your guidance if you think this is still work drinking in the next year, or is it more of a curiosity and way past its prime. Thank you.

Vintage Ratings

August 26, 2011
Question by: Jan, Denmark

Q:

Some years ago I saw a Port Wine Vintage Classification list of best vintages in the past decades.  Do you have anything like this on your site?

Finding our Ports in Australia

August 23, 2011
Question by: Georgina, Sydney, Australia

Q:

Hi there,  It's my boyfriend's 30th birthday in a few weeks and I was thinking of buying him a bottle of vintage port. Do you have any recommendations? My budget would be about AUS$100-$200.  I live in Sydney so would need to have it delivered here.

Australian Fortified Wines

August 19, 2011
Question by: Joan, Salamanda Bay, Australia

Q:

Could you please give a value for these wines that were produced by Thomas hardy and sons Adelaide South Australia

1. Vintage port Americas Cup no 2350 ( 6 bottles.)

2. Value also of Classic Vintage Cars (Americas Cup Classics) chassis no 1885 (6 Bottles of Port boxed)

3. Value of America's Cup Classic Australia II - 1978 vintage ( 1-750ml Port in wooden box)

Information about a 1970

August 15, 2011
Question by: Ed, Cupar, Great Britain

Q:

I have one bottle of Serafim Cabrals 1970 Vintage Port but can find no information on it. I see plenty about a much older vintage but nothing else. Please can you tell me anything about this port. If it helps the label reports Serafim Cabral LDA being in the "Vila Nova De Gai" and that the port is produce of Portugal - nothing else!
 

Value of a 1945

August 11, 2011
Question by: Ton, Glane, Netherlands

Q:

Can you give an indication of the value of this Kopke 1945 port (I have only one bottle).

Warre's Vintage 2009

July 28, 2011
Question by: Money, Machrie, UK

Q:

is it possible to buy one or two bottles of your 2009 quinta da cavadinha vintage port for my daughter?

Warre's Colheita

July 25, 2011
Question by: Deirdre, UK

Q:

I have a bottle of Warre's Colheita 1940, which says it was kept in casks and bottled in 1988.  I also have a bottle of Sandemans, the label says: Sandeman 30 years old Tawny Port matured in wood and bottled in 1990. The bottle is a replica of bottle used in 1790. It was produced to celebrate bicentenary of the House of Sandeman.  Can you tell me if they are good years and where I might be able to sell them?  Thank you.

 

1983 Smith Woodhouse

July 21, 2011
Question by: Carl, Woodbridge, USA

Q:

I just recently purchased a bottle of 1983 Vintage Porto, Smith Woodhouse bottled 1985, would like some information.  I keep an inventory of my wines and i can't find anything on this bottle. Cost of bottle. was the last bottle. would like more, where could I find it in the USA? Would like some tasting notes, etc. Thanking you in advance.

Graham's 1994

July 21, 2011
Question by: Luuk, Amsterdam

Q:

A gift is merely a gift when there's no exciting story behind it. I've bought the Graham's Vintage 1994 for a friend of mine, and of course I'd like to tell him more about the port and its exclusivity. I've found a lot of information on the port such as the tasting notes etc. Could you tell me how many bottles there were made of the Vintage 1994? Also, is it true its value increases every year? Like to hear from you soon. Kind regards

1960 and 1957 Port

July 19, 2011
Question by: John, Sheffield, Great Britain

Q:

I have purchased 12 bottles Feuerheerd vintage 1960 and 12 bottles of their 1957 vintage, can you tell me anything about them and value please.  Thank you.

Graham's 1963

July 12, 2011
Question by: Cathy, Hampshire, GB

Q:

Hi, we have a bottle of Graham's 1963 Vintage Port, the label says it was bottled in 1965.  Would this hold any value?

Dow's 1977

July 12, 2011
Question by: Mitchell, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Q:

I have purchased several bottles of 1977 Dow's at auction. Each has a different label (with different US importers) and one has an embossed bottle with "1977".  Are the different labels and bottles common, or should I worry about having a counterfeit or two in the mix?

Value of a Tawny

July 11, 2011
Question by: Vicki, New Zealand

Q:

I have a bottle of tawny port you put out for the marriage of Lady Diana and Prince Charles in 1981. Do you know if this holds any value?
 

1991 Birth Year Wines

July 11, 2011
Question by: Ben, Great Britain

Q:

My son was born in 1991.  if I was to buy a bottle of Vintage Port how long will it stay fresh in the bottle?  The idea is that it would be a long term gift for him to open on his 50th.

Selling Old Bottles

July 7, 2011
Question by: Bryan, Boston, MA USA

Q:

Greetings:  Via my late uncle's estate, I recently came into possession of two bottles of Vintage Port (1 LBV). One I have found to be rarer than the other... I am not a huge fan of port, but I have a background in wine. I'd like to find both bottles good homes where they will be truly appreciated (my uncle would have wanted this) -- and I wouldn't mind fetching a fair price in the process.  Can you please offer me any advice (appraisal / auction?) or reputable contacts who can help me accomplish my goals? It would be very much appreciated.  Here are the two bottles (both in excellent condition):

1) Adriano Ramos-Pinto Vintage 1927 'Late Bottled' (the “oldest” LBV to be registered with the IVP -- as confirmed in the linked article below) http://www.fortheloveofport.com/port/lbv-the-other-vintage-port

2) PORTO FEIST 1963 'VIELLI EN FUT'

Thanks very much in advance for your time and for any advice or direction you can offer.

Storage of Open Bottles

July 7, 2011
Question by: Donald, Chicago, IL USA

Q:

After opening a bottle of Port how many days is it still good enough to drink and how should it be stored?

Madeira

July 1, 2011
Question by: Lukas, Czech Republic

Q:

I am looking for wine from Madeira, similar character like Port wines (aprox. Alc 19% and I know that some wineries add salt and pepper).  I am looking forward to your answer.  

Storing Port

June 27, 2011
Question by: Sr. Varej√£o, Portugal

Q:

I have a Vintage 2007's DOW, I would like to know the best storage conditions such as temperature. If there is clarity without direct sunlight, is there problem? All vintages must be kept at the same temperature. Thank you for your sympathy.
 

Wine Blending

June 23, 2011
Question by: Jacob, London, England

Q:

Is each lote (batch of wine) of  Port laid down at harvest for a particular house within the Symington group or is there any flexibility to put (e.g.) something from the Dow cellar into a Graham tawny if it would better suit that style?

Storing Colheitas

June 21, 2011
Question by: Berlin, Germany

Q:

Hi, I bought several bottles of Dow's Colheita 1998.  Do you advise to store Colheita Port or to drink it now?  My wife is pregnant and I would like to set the bottles aside for some years.

House Styles Across Brands

June 20, 2011
Question by: Jacob, London, England

Q:

I’ve been wondering for a while how a company such as the Symington Family Estates manages the blending over so many shippers. Does the same team work on all of the wines, or are there different panels for each shipper? If I’ve counted correctly, I think I am correct in saying that in a general declaration, up to 10 Vintage Ports could be released; far more than of any other Port company!

I was also wondering how a “house style” is maintained for each shipper within the company and whether there is an effort to make each shipper stylistically consistent over the whole range. For example, compared to Graham’s, Dow’s Vintage Port is usually thought of as very dry; could the same be expected when comparing LBVs or Fine Rubies from these houses? I think consistency is often attributed, for Vintage Port, to the use of major vineyards (e.g. Canais for Cockburn) and I was wondering if that is the same with the non-premium brands and tawnies?

Many thanks and congratulations on getting the new site up!

What To Do With a Very Old Bottle

June 14, 2011
Question by: Hans, Netherlands

Q:

We have a bottle Vintage Port with a little label 1934 on it.  The cork is in a bad condition. Our questions are:  What to do with this bottle?  Is it a collectors item?  Can we sell it?  What is the price?  We can send you a picture.  We are looking for your reaction, thanks, Hans 

Recommendation for Port as a Gift

June 7, 2011
Question by: Joy, USA

Q:

Hi,  I am trying to find a nice port to gift to someone who is fairly knowledgeable on ports. My price range is $500 to $1000 (give or take). I want something really nice and impressive but I, of course, want to get a good deal. Can you help? The bottle would need to be delivered in the New York/New Jersey area.   Thank you! 

2009 Wines - Availability in Portugal

June 1, 2011
Question by: Lisboa, Portugal

Q:

I would like to know if the Symington Vintage Port 2009 (Vesuvio, Warre, Sra da Ribeira) will be sold in Portugal and when.
 

Quarles Harris

May 31, 2011
Question by: Chesterfield, Great Britain

Q:

Hi,  The new site looks great!  I have spent a while browsing around the site today and wondered why it is that you have dedicated websites for all of your brands apart from Quarles Harris?  I think QH is a great string to the SFE bow yet it seems to get very little publicity and it is almost impossible to find any historical information about the company and brand on the internet.  Is there a reason for this? Could we please have a Quarles Harris website, even if it only has basic information?  Thanks, and well done on the re-launch.

Double Decanting

April 8, 2011
Question by: Pedro, Portugal

Q:

What is double decanting? When is it appropriate to double decant a vintage port?



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