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When to Enjoy Your Vintage Ports

June 30, 2013
Question by: John, Barnet, GB

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Advice please. Over time I have been given or purchased the following bottles.  Should I be drinking, keeping or even selling?  Many thanks.  Warres Vintage Port 1977, Taylors Vintage Port 1980, Quarles Harris Tercentenay Vintage Port 1980, Grahams Malvedos Vintage Port 1986, Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas Vintage port 1996, Grahams Vintage Port 2000, Dows Crusted Port bottled 2000.  Any help or advice warmly welcomed.

Australian Fortified Wine

May 15, 2013
Question by: Matt, Adelaide, Australia

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I attended an auction and was a little sentimental about the 1980 (my birth year) Limited Release Orlando VP's. I ended up with 3 bottles. Do you know what they would be valued at and any advice on drinking windows. They are being stored in a cellar.

20 Year Old Tawny Port

February 4, 2013
Question by: Andrew, Toronto, Canada

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I have a bottle of Taylor's 20 Years Old Tawny Port and it was bottled in 1978. What I am wondering is this still drinkable? Is this valueable? Thanks so much.

Storing Vintage Port

February 4, 2013
Question by: Elizabeth, Great Britain

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How long should I store Fonseca 1963?

Old Bottles of Port

January 10, 2013
Question by: Sue, via Mobile

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My husband and I are currently clearing my mother in laws house and found 4 bottles of port which we estimate are between 15-25 yr old we have a vintage, a special reserve and a ruby port. I don't think in any way they are collectible or valuable but I would like to know if they are safe to drink and if not how we'd know they have gone off.

1979 Port

November 21, 2012
Question by: Connie, Cambridge

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What can you tell me about Port wine Real Companhia Velha Vintage 1979 and when should it be drunk by?  Thanks.

How Long to Store Port?

September 25, 2012
Question by: Rui (Mobile)

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For how long should I store a bottle of Port?

American Fortified Wine

September 23, 2012
Question by: George, Maine, USA

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I have a bottle of 1976 Vintage Port Christan Brothers.  Should it still be good if stored properly?  And if i were to sell it, how much is it worth?

Storing Vintage Port

September 20, 2012
Question by: Christiane, Paris, France

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How to store vintage port ?   Thank you in advance for your answer.

Sunlight and Wine Storage

July 9, 2012
Question by: Pedro, Oeiras, Portugal

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Hello there! First off, you were kind enough to answer my first question in May regarding the effect of temperature on wine. After some consideration, I bought a wine cooler in order to keep temperatures in check (I figured that with global warming, things will only get worse on my non-AC apartment :) ). My question is, I have the wine cooler (transparent double glass, but non-UV filter) in the kitchen, where there is ambient light from the windows. Although there is no direct sunlight hitting the wine cooler, should I consider some sort of film darkening the inside of the cooler?

Off Scents or Flavours

June 26, 2012
Question by: Alex, Bracknell, UK

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Like all wines, Vintage Port suffers from the very occasional bottle that has suffered a problem during production or more usually storage so that the port is damaged when the bottle is opened.  Too much exposure to light can lead to a pale and flavourless drink, too much heat to lots of stewed flavours, and so on.  I have been lucky enough to drink enough port over the years to have got to recognise the different flaws and know how they have been caused.  Except for one!

Over the past 5 years and 2000+ bottles, I have tasted from two bottles of vintage port which have been really odd.  These two bottles were both quite old port (50+ years). Both had an overwhelming smell in the glass, smelling of bread and yeast - some others described the smell as that of gloss paint.  No-one was brave enough to taste the port.

Do you have any idea what might have caused this odd spoilage?  It wasn't volatile acidity or TCA taint.  Could it have been a bacterial infection of the port in some way?

Splash Mark on Vintage Bottles

June 22, 2012
Question by: Leo, Staten Island, USA

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I have heard that all vintage port bottles should have a smudge mark on the bottle to aid the rotation process.  I just received a magnum bottle of Dow's 1977 Vintage Port as a gift, that does not have a mark.  Should I be concerned ??

Port Storage

June 1, 2012
Question by: Stuart, Knutsford, GB

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Can you recommend a fridge to store port in ?  Just concerned about the price against the quality i.e. the vibrations from the fridge motor.

Temperature Variation in Storage

May 13, 2012
Question by: Pedro, Oeiras, Portugal

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Hi there, Port Wine has always had some mystique to me since a kid, which developed as, for the past 10 years, having a glass of (tawny, typically) Port almost every night. I've developed a short but nice collection of bottles (Vintage and Tawny) including some bottles of Dow 1994 and 2007, Graham's 2003 and 2007. I live in an apartment, no AC, which means the temperature varies with the weather outside, and although I keep the wine in the coolest place of the house and darkest, it is still subjected to variations.

I've been considering buying a Wine Fridge, but some things on the whole "wine temperature" raised some questions in my head. Some of the more renowned Port wines in history are from the 60's. I seriously doubt they were stored at 15 Celsius. I would believe that, even in cellars, the temperature variation would be steep, and still, there are some classics in there. So, does temperature variation really matter that much?

Also, I would be interested in your opinion as to how long after buying should a tawny (= 20 years) be consumed... Thanks & Regards

Old Bottle of Graham's Ruby Port

April 25, 2012
Question by: Sophie, Petersfield, GB

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A relative recently passed away and when clearing the house we stumbled across this 'Grahams Ruby Port' with no date that I can see. Although it looks old, with a yellowed and slightly mold damaged label, it has a screw top with the seal not broken. On the bottom of the bottle are clear letters reading 'Luis Gordon & Sons Ltd Domeco Sherries' and the numbers 2140-22. Is there much value in this or can I simply open and enjoy?  Thanks for your help.

Corkless Bottle

April 25, 2012
Question by: Joshua, New York, USA

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What would cause a bottle of Vintage Port to have a capsule and a selo, but no cork? Is it even safe to drink or may lead have leached into it from the capsule?

Value of a 1977 Vintage Port

April 13, 2012
Question by: Kim, Chesham, UK

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I have a bottle of Delaforce 1977 Vintage Port stamped DE 526920, can you please advise me on how it should be stored and what you think the current value might be?

Best Age to Enjoy Vintage Port

March 19, 2012
Question by: Ray, IE

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From what age can you drink Vintage Port?  Does it vary between vintages?

Warre's 1991

March 19, 2012
Question by: Mrs Mason, Kendal, GB

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My son was given a bottle of Warres 1991 Vintage Port on his christening 16yrs ago and this had been kept in the cellar in a wooden box, lying down.  Should I keep it there until it's ready to drink and also is it worth anything.

Late Bottled Vintage and Crusted Ports

December 19, 2011
Question by: Connie, Newcastle, GB

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Can all the LBV & Crusted port wines be stored for more than 10 years or longer? Thank you!

Dow's 1966

December 19, 2011
Question by: Darren, Plymouth, UK

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Hi, I was gifted a bottle of 1966 Dow Vintage Port last year and since then has sat upright in its presentation box in my kitchen approx 3ft away from my gas hob. This is obviously not an ideal place to keep it and would like information on how best to keep it. Secondly, how long will I be able to keep the port before it starts to deteriorate.
Thanks in advance of your reply.

Laying Down Port Without a Cellar

September 30, 2011
Question by: Carson, Washington DC, USA

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Good evening,  I recently purchased a bottle of 2005 Burmester Vintage. I must confess to loving, yet being utterly unknowledgeable about, port wines. How should I handle this bottle? I don't have a cellar and am nervous about storing the bottle in the warmer months that will come about nine months from now.  Thanks so much.

Old Bottle

September 21, 2011
Question by: Judy, Norwich, Great Britain

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I have recently aquired a bottle of Feuerheerd 24, Produce of Portugal, bottled by P Phipps wine and spirit merchants of Northampton.  The cork has deteriated and is leaking. Could you please tell me anything about it?  Thank you

1991 Birth Year Wines

July 11, 2011
Question by: Ben, Great Britain

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My son was born in 1991.  if I was to buy a bottle of Vintage Port how long will it stay fresh in the bottle?  The idea is that it would be a long term gift for him to open on his 50th.

Storing Port

June 27, 2011
Question by: Sr. Varej√£o, Portugal

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I have a Vintage 2007's DOW, I would like to know the best storage conditions such as temperature. If there is clarity without direct sunlight, is there problem? All vintages must be kept at the same temperature. Thank you for your sympathy.
 

Storing Colheitas

June 21, 2011
Question by: Berlin, Germany

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Hi, I bought several bottles of Dow's Colheita 1998.  Do you advise to store Colheita Port or to drink it now?  My wife is pregnant and I would like to set the bottles aside for some years.



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