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Old Bottle of Ruby Port

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

Q:

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.

A:

Hi Daryl, A Ruby Port is a blend of young Port wines, potentially from more than one vintage year, which is bottled and released ready for consumption.  You can read more about Ruby Port in our Guide to Port Styles.  From your description of the label, this must have been blended to order by a Port shipper especially for this private wine club.  High Holborn is a road in London which is at the heart of the commercial and legal districts.  If there is no bottling date on the label, there would be no knowing how old this is.

As a wine intended to be consumed within a few years of release, Ruby Port would have no resale value - only Vintage Ports from top producers are sought in the secondary market.  On the other hand, if this has been kept in a good cool, dark cellar, it would be worth opening and trying it one evening with friends and family.



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