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Selling Vintage Port

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

Q:

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?

A:

Hi Bob, Are you quite sure you and your friends and family wouldn't enjoy those Vintage Ports yourselves?  Take a look at the recent tasting notes for the Graham's 1966, Graham's 1963 and Dow's 1960 - these are all superb Ports, and if they have been well-cellared will be wonderful drinking.  Offley is not one of our own brands, but 1970 was an outstanding Vintage and the wines generally have proven long-lived.

Symington Family Estates are not active in the secondary market for Ports.  We suggest you consult a specialist wine merchant, such as Berry Brothers & Rudd who have the online BBX wine exchange, or an auction house that routinely handles fine wines, such as Bonham's, Christie's or Sotheby's, about selling your Ports.

Be aware that you will have to make clear to any broker or potential buyer that the wine has been well stored and likely to be in good condition.

Another alternative to the auction house route is a private sale to a keen port lover. There are two internet chat forums devoted to Port: The Port Forum, which is UK based, and For The Love of Port, which is based in the USA. Both have a thoroughly international following, however. Registration is free on both sites

On The Port Forum, post your query in the Port Conversations chat room. If you take a look, there are a number of threads like this already posted, with members offering advice re how the wines are drinking, price levels, etc. Interest in buying is usually expressed via the private mail function on each site, rather than publicly in the thread.

On For The Love of Port, go to the chat thread Port & Madeira Marketplace to post your message – and do read the Marketplace Disclaimer notice.

Post a full description of the bottle, including exact wording on the label, describe the fill level of the bottle, the condition of the capsule and bottle generally (e.g. signs of leakage or staining)  and all the information you can about when and where the wine was acquired, and very importantly, how and where it has been stored. If you have photos, you can post them, or send an email to the moderator asking for assistance, and they will add the photo into the thread.

Both of these forums are very friendly and helpful places, and the members are very knowledgeable and will offer candid advice. Good luck.



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