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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?

A:

Hi Almerinda, Real Companhia Vinicola do Norte de Portugal is the full corporate name for what is usually known as Real Companhia Velha.  If the label does not prominently feature a year, or use the word "Vintage", then it probably is not a Vintage Port, but without seeing or having the full text of the label we cannot be certain or advise further.  As a general rule, non-vintage styles of Port are bottled for consumption in the short term and so these Port styles do not have a secondary market.  For further advice, you should take your bottle, or a good photo of the label, to a specialist wine retailer in your area, or contact the makers directly.



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