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Drinking Dates and Values

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


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.


Hi Sophie!  Both of these are excellent vintages and there is no ‘drink by date’ for them.  The Dow's 1977 is drinking beautifully now but both will keep for decades as long as they are properly stored.  Under the menu tab above, Enjoying Port you may want to read our article about The Lifecycle of Vintage Port in Bottle, where Charles Symington, our head winemaker, discusses how the flavour profile of Vintage Port matures over the years.  In addition you can read up on the harvest and press comments for both of these vintage ports as follows: Graham’s 2000 Vintage / Dow’s 1977 Vintage.

Symington Family Estates are not active in the secondary market so we cannot advise you on the value of this box. Your best bet is to approach the auction houses and top wine merchants in your area for advice on the market and possible value. In this case contacts are Bonham's, Christie's and Sotheby's, and you might also approach Berry Brothers and Rudd, who run BBX, an on-line trading service for their customers.

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