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Warre's Porto Cintra

March 15, 2013
Question by: Hubert, Denmark


I found a bottle in the cellar: Porto Cintra, Grand Corona, of Warre.  Unfortunately, I can't find a picture, to determine which is the vintage wine.  Can you help me?

Old Bottle of Port to Sell

February 28, 2013
Question by: Mary, Pretoria, South Africa


I need your urgent assistance, this 1937  Porto Wine was given to my late husband as a wedding gift, I have no use of this bottle of Wine and I am very interested to sell got few numbers and a stamp, if someone can assist or give a referal in South Africa.

Old Bottles of Port

January 10, 2013
Question by: Sue, via Mobile


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.

Old Bottle of Ruby Port

January 8, 2013
Question by: Daryl, California, USA


I was recently gifted a bottle of "Rich Ruby Port" and I cannot seem to find any information at all on it.  It looks VERY old and all the label reads is:
Rich Ruby Port
Shipped and Bottled By
The Directors Wine Club Ltd.
329 High Holborn W ??
Product of Portugal

If you could provide me with any information as to the year this might have come from or any kind of value...basically any information at all would be much appreciated.

Old Bottle of Port

November 8, 2012
Question by: Andrew, Holmfirth, GB


I have a bottle of port from Quinta Da Capela dated 1975.  Is it worth saving, is it worth drinking or selling?  Thank you for any help you can give.

Old Bottle of Madeira

November 8, 2012
Question by: Paul, Mobile


I have a bottle of Walsh Brothers 1880 Boal Reserve Madeira given to my parents in the 1940's. I am in a quandary whether to open it up for a very special occasion or try to sell it to an interested collector. Any thoughts? Do you know it's estimated value?  I know this is not Port but hope you can give me some insight.

Old Bottle of Port

November 8, 2012
Question by: Brian, LePuy Notre Dame, France


Bonjour,  One of my wine making friends has sadly died.  His wife is selling off his cave and has asked me about a case of Sandemans Ambro-ette port, bottled in 1978 and bearing the annotaion 30 anos.  I would be gratefull if you could give me any idea of value and perhaps the best place to sell it. 

Value of a Late Bottled Vintage Port

November 8, 2012
Question by: Felice, Mobile


I have a bottle of 1927 Adriano Ramos Pinto Late Bottled Vintage and would like to know a value?

Old Bottle of Reserve Port

November 8, 2012
Question by: Don, Mobile


I have a bottle of Tawny Port that I recieved from my grandfather when he passed away back in 2005.  I have a bottle of Hoopers reserve [V N De Gaia Oporto], it's in a basket weave bottle with a seal which is unbroken, and has 'Vila Nova de Gaia' on the label.

Cork Length

October 6, 2012
Question by: Jeff, New York, USA


It seems the latest vintages of the Symington line utilizes shorter 38mm cork lengths (especially the Vesuvios and Cockburns) as opposed to the standard 44mm or even older/longer 49 mm cork lengths.  Was there a reason for this?  For those of us who enjoy keeping bottles for many years, is it a cause for concern?  Should we recork with longer corks if we plan to hold for 10-20+ years?

Old Bottle of Reserve Tawny

September 23, 2012
Question by: Mary, Mount Juliet TN, USA


I have a bottle of Delaforce Reserve Tawny Porto.  I think this wine is from 1982 or it valuable, and is it still worthy to drink?

Antique Bottles

July 9, 2012
Question by: Susan, Swansea, GB


I have two dozen old port bottles from 1820 to 1910 I believe, one has a p embossed in the glass, one has seams where each of the halves of the bottle join, one has the glass maker Bower Hunslet  within the glass on the base, one has M and M LPool  the rest have no markings, just the base is pointed up inside the bottle, not flat.  Please can you tell me if i should chuck them in the bottle bank or if they have any value, there are no labels.

Old Bottle of Port

July 9, 2012
Question by: Andrew, Lewes, GB


Hello, Can you give an idea of the value of a bottle of Vinho do porto, Garrafeira 1927. Numbered 246913.

Old Bottle Souza Guedes

July 9, 2012
Question by: Sean, Missouri, USA


I need to find info on a wine bottle i can't find online. I can find a bottle that's similar from 1963, but the one i have is from 1950. Both bottles say Guedes but can not find the one from 1950. Produced and shipped by Miguel De Souza, Guedes & Irmao, Ltda. The label on my bottle reads Port of the 1891 Vintage. This rare Port was stored in oak casks at the time of the Vintage and bottled in 1950. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Dow's 1962 Special Reserve

July 5, 2012
Question by: Windy


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.

Off Scents or Flavours

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


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?

Old Bottle of 1927

May 23, 2012
Question by: Eric, San Jose, CA, USA


My great-aunt just passed away and tucked away amongst her belongings was a 1927 Hoopers Port, unopened. What is the best way to ensure this bottle, which is very much intact, retains its drinkability and its value? And do you have any guidance or opinion on its drinkability or its value? If we're going to open it, do you have any recommendations?

Corkless Bottle

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


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?

Old Bottle of Hooper's Port

April 23, 2012
Question by: Barrie, Liverpool, UK


I have a bottle of Hoopers reserve [V N Degaia Oporto] it's in a basket weave bottle with a seal which is unbroken, and is probably over 50 years old.  Should I drink it or save it?

Old Ruby Port

April 19, 2012
Question by: Ian, Great Yarmouth, UK


I have a bottle of port I was given twenty years ago by a friend  who had owned it for over forty years and wondered whether it was of interest to anyone. It was bottled by John Martin of London Ltd and is labelled simply as an Old Ruby Port bottled in Oporto. It is encased in a woven straw casket and has a Martin's label. I have never heard of them and doubt it is drinkable but wondered if anyone knew of the company and what it may be worth?

Old Bottle of Port

April 19, 2012
Question by: Raelene, Melbourne, Australia


Can you advise age and value of Hoopers Rare Port and if still drinkable.  Label on side of neck has a picture of vine and reads:
CV    630384    64
Bottle encased in wicker basket and has a round label with 5 red stars. Under the stars it reads Rare Port, under that label is the main label which is black it has a crest.  On the left of the crest it reads ALC.  19% VOL.  On the right of the crest it reads Contents 750ml, and then reads:
Rare Port (with a white star at the beginning and end)
(Specially Selected)
Companhia Geral  DA Agricultura Das Vinhas Do Alto Douro, SARL

Unmarked Bottles

March 27, 2012
Question by: Matt, Canberra, Australia


I was given 6 bottles of port from my grandma which is said to have been racked for 30 years and she's not sure what year it was made. All bottles are the same and compared to off the shelf ports it is absolutely inferior. I have polished off 2 bottles but a description is average height bottle, dark green and has gm on the bottom but un-labeled, thats all I can give. Has anyone had any bottle like this and would it be vintage being so old?

Mouldy or Crumbling Corks

March 20, 2012
Question by: Greg, London, GB


I have just opened a bottle of Churchills Vintage 1985. There was a lot of mould growth on the top of the cork and the cork pretty much collapsed on opening. The latter I understand is not uncommon. Does mould growth necessarily mean a bad port? It was only apparent on the top (outside surface) of the cork

Old Theophilus Port

March 5, 2012
Question by: Paul, East Farley, GB


My stepfather opened a bottle of Old Theophilus Port this evening that has been handed down to him by his mother. On further inspection, the label says "to appointment to the King", so this is clearly a pre-1952 vintage. On sampling it, it is a lovely tawny port. I have tried to research more about it, but there is no information at the usual sources. Would you know anything more about this Port ?

Unmarked Bottles

January 30, 2012
Question by: Margaret, Edinburgh, Scotland


My brother left me 3 bottles of port. None of the bottles have labels, but all have wax seals on the top with "vintage port" 1960. Is there any way of finding out where the port came from?

Old Bottle

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?

Identifying a Port

November 25, 2011
Question by: Tommy, Liverpool England


We have had a bottle of port in our house for some years and would like to know if it was worth anything My mother had it before she died.  The label is Sandemans porto white on the neck of the bottle it has a label that says  SR  324201  26  but I am unable to find the year.  We also have a Sandeman port decanter in the shape of the Sandeman figure that came with it.

Old Bottle

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


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

Dow's 1977

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


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?

What To Do With a Very Old Bottle

June 14, 2011
Question by: Hans, Netherlands


We have a bottle Vintage Port with a little label 1934 on it.  The cork is in a bad condition. Our questions are:  What to do with this bottle?  Is it a collectors item?  Can we sell it?  What is the price?  We can send you a picture.  We are looking for your reaction, thanks, Hans 

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