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


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?


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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