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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.

2011 Vintage Port Availability Hong Kong

May 20, 2013
Question by: Roman, Hong Kong

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Hi, where do I purchase en primeur vintage ports 2011 in Hong Kong?

Dow's 1991 Vintage Port

April 17, 2013
Question by: Robbie, Bury St. Edmonds, UK

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Having just turned 18, I recently found out I've had 6 bottles of Dow's 1991 cellared for me since my christening by my godfather.  I was just wondering about the condition of this Port, and whether it's worth drinking or selling?  Also, an estimate of value for the 6 bottles would be appreciated. Thanks!

2011 Vintage Port Declaration

April 15, 2013
Question by: Tom, New Jersey, USA

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Do you have any idea when or if the 2011 ports will be declared vintage?

Famous Vintages

March 6, 2013
Question by: Carmen, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

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May I know what is the famous vintage of Port Wine?

Fortification Spirit for the 1972 Vintage

March 6, 2013
Question by: Alwyn, South Africa

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I know about all the problems with the alcohol in 1972 and I tasted a Sandeman 1972 Vintage (not for Sale on the market)  x 3. I also see 1972 DOWS on the market. How bad was that alcohol really?

Vintage Port as a Gift

February 5, 2013
Question by: Jason, Mobile

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What would be a good vintage Port to buy as a gift in the $125-200 range?  Looking to buy my life long friend a bottle and I know nothing about wine.  He recently purchased a 2000 Graham's Port.

2006 Vintage Ports

October 6, 2012
Question by: Kevin, Austin, USA

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Need advice on purchasing a Vintage year Port near 2006.  I would like to purchase a vintage port near the year of my son's birth to share with him when he turns 21.  He was born in 2006, and I would like to pick a vintage year close in time to his birth.  Any recommendations?

Selling Vintage Port

October 6, 2012
Question by: Bob, Chesterfield, UK

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I have the following bottles:  Graham's 1966 X 9, Graham's 1963 X 2, Offley 1970 X 10 (Boa Vista), Dows 1960 X 4 (labels missing wax impressed)  For sale--any interest?

Which Port for a Gift?

October 5, 2012
Question by: Emma, Southampton, GB

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My dad is a lover of Port and so I want to buy him a very nice bottle for his 60th birthday but I have no idea what I'm looking for (not being a Port lover myself - sorry!) - so I'm looking for some expert guidance please!  Any pointers you can give would be much appreciated, thank you.

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?

Dow's Finest Reserve 1988

September 23, 2012
Question by: Donald (Mobile)

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A friend of mine has a bottle of Dow's Finest Reserve 1988 port to sell but not sure about the price, could you advise?

Life Expectancy and Best Age to Enjoy Vintage Port

September 22, 2012
Question by: Damien, (Mobile)

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Typically how long does vintage port hold and what is its optimum drinking period?

2010 Vintage Port Availability

July 6, 2012
Question by: Emily, York, England

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Can you please tell me if it is still possible to purchase any of the 2010 Symington vintage and if so, if you know of a retailer near York, or indeed anywhere in England, who will sell it to me? I would like a case, ideally.  Thank you very much, in anticipation.

1994 Vintage Ports

July 6, 2012
Question by: Nicholas, Paris, France

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1. I  am fortunate to own several cases of Graham, Dow, Warre and Croft 1994 Vintage Port. Please could you place in order of quality for drinking over the next ten years which your preferred ports would be? If possible give them a comparative rating on a scale of 1 to 10.
2. These ports are stored with a prime London wine merchant. How would you go about selling those wines surplus to my own requirements to obtain the maximum return?

Dow's 1962 Special Reserve

July 5, 2012
Question by: Windy

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I have a bottle of Dow's 1962 Special Reserve bottled in 1972 and would like to find out the value of this vintage. I have searched the web and cannot find this particular bottle. I want to give it to my Son for his 50th birthday and it would be nice to know the value. I can send a picture of the label if that would help.

Dow's Dark Club Port

June 7, 2012
Question by: Simone, Reggia Emilia, Italy

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Hello, I'm Italian and I found in a my father´s house a bottle of an old port. In front of the bottle there is:  "Dow's Dark Club Port, Silva Cosens Ltd Oporto". How is it made? And in your opinion it's a good port?  Thanks

Dow's Nirvana

May 28, 2012
Question by: Fredrik, Göteborg, SE

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I conduct chocolate and wine tastings and was very intrigued to learn that there was a port specifically made to go well with fine chocolate. Since Dow's Nirvana isn't available in Sweden I was wondering if you know of any way that I could get my hands on a bottle or a case to try it out?

Dow's 1948

May 24, 2012
Question by: Andrew, UK

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I have come across a bottle of port that purports to be Dows 1948 vintage. Having checked online it does not appear that Dows released a 1948 vintage.  Could you confirm if this year was released by your company?

Dow's 1977 Silver Jubilee Vintage Port

May 23, 2012
Question by: Michelle, Sheering, UK

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I have a bottle of Dow's 1977 Silver Jubilee Vintage Port.  Can you please tell me if this has any real value and if so, where I can sell it?

Gift for a Naval Officer

May 23, 2012
Question by: Maryanne, Saint Peters, USA

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My son is being commissioned by the navy, as an officer. I was told that a vintage bottle of port was a good gift. Can you recommend one for me? Thank you.

Dow's Vintage 1944

May 2, 2012
Question by: Maurice, Wolverhampton, UK

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Wondering if there is any value to a bottle of Dow Port 1944 I have. Comments appreciated

Late Bottled Vintage Ports

January 2, 2012
Question by: Fraser, Birmingham, GB

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Please give reviews on Symington Family Estates Late Bottled Vintage Port 2006 from the Wine Society, also price.

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.

Dow's 1985

December 14, 2011
Question by: Nancy, Leicester, GB

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My husband has an unopened case of Dows 1985 vintage port and we are wondering whether we should sell it or drink it! Can you give us an approximate idea of its value and whether it is ready to drink now please

Dow's 1977

July 12, 2011
Question by: Mitchell, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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I have purchased several bottles of 1977 Dow's at auction. Each has a different label (with different US importers) and one has an embossed bottle with "1977".  Are the different labels and bottles common, or should I worry about having a counterfeit or two in the mix?

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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