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Warre's Late Bottled Vintage 1981

March 15, 2013
Question by: Robert, Ottowa, Canada


I purchased a case of Warre’s LBV 1981 to mark the birth year of my son.  Could you kindly refer me to any information on that bottling – and your appreciation of its life expectancy.  My son stands up a bottle on special occasions and he has more than 3/4 of the case left.

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?

How Long Can I Keep Opened Port?

February 5, 2013
Question by: Máirin, Ireland


I see conflicting opinions on many websites on how long various styles of Ports can be kept after opening.  Grateful if you would clarify how long should Ruby, Tawny, Aged Tawny, LBV and Vintage Ports be kept after opening the bottle until they become 'too old' to enjoy!  Many thanks for your answer.

Small Bottles of Port

January 18, 2013
Question by: Paige, Denver, USA


I'm trying to find mini bottles of Port for my husband for his birthday. He enjoys Port but I don't care for it so that's why I'm trying to find mini bottles in the U.S. so he can open one up and have one glass when he wants and we don't have to waste a larger bottle.  Do you know of any U.S. websites that sell mini bottles of Port? I've been searching but can only find U.K. sites. Thanks!

Value of a Late Bottled Vintage Port

January 8, 2013
Question by: David, via Mobile


I have a 1987 (bottled in 1993) bottle of Delaforce Late Bottled Vintage Port.  My questions are:  Is it still drinkable, and Does it have any value?

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.

Value of a Late Bottled Vintage Port

January 4, 2013
Question by: Nicola, Great Britain


Hello, we have come across a bottle of Ferreira Late Bottled Vintage Port 1982, bottled in 1988.  Could you please give us some idea of its value, thank you.

Bottle of Port for a Gift

November 8, 2012
Question by: Gitz, Scarborough CA, USA


I am looking to buy a nice bottle of port for my husband as a gift. I know the older the better and more expensive :) My question is, is there a better brand that I should be looking for and where can I find one to buy.

How Long to Store Port?

September 25, 2012
Question by: Rui (Mobile)


For how long should I store a bottle of Port?

Dow's Finest Reserve 1988

September 23, 2012
Question by: Donald (Mobile)


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?

Unfiltered Port Styles

September 18, 2012
Question by: Linda, Texas, USA


Which Ports are unfiltered? Does Warre's have an unfiltered port?  I live in a small town in East Texas, USA. My liquor store has Warre's Warrior but I think it is filtered.  I understand that unfiltered port is better medicinally.

Indication of Age Tawnies

September 13, 2012
Question by: Jeff, New York, USA


An age old question (pun intended) came up again about the labeling of Tawny ports while enjoying a bottle of Grahams 20 Year Old Tawny.  While common convention dictates that the age of the tawny indicates the average age of the wines in the bottle, my understanding is that current IVDP laws regulate that as long as the wine subjectively taste like a particular age characteristic the bottle can be labeled as such.  Is my understanding correct that a majority of port houses actually adhere to the IVDP interpretation and not what common sense dictates?

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.

Dow's Nirvana

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


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?

How to Make Vintage Port

May 13, 2012
Question by: Alma, Perth, Australia


How is Vintage Port made?

Keeping an Opened Bottle of Vintage Port

February 20, 2012
Question by: Phil, Delta, CA


When I open a bottle of Dow's 1991 Vintage Port I will only have small glass with a cigar once in a while.  It may take me several months to drink a full bottle. What is the best way to store it?

Value of Old Ports

February 14, 2012
Question by: Ellis, Stourbridge, GB


I am trying to establish the worth of some vintage port: (2) Niepoort 1952, one 1959, also (5) bottles S V Borges & Irmao Oporto Alto Douro 1963.  Many thanks.

Which Port for a Gift?

January 18, 2012
Question by: Sophie, Middlesborough, GB


I want to buy some port for my Uncle's 50th birthday but I'm not sure which one to buy. I want one that is a good all rounder, affordable and a decent type.

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?

Late Bottled Vintage and Crusted Ports

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


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

Warre's Ruby Port

December 13, 2011
Question by: Gordon, Torquay, UK


i purchased a bottle of Warre's Ruby port in Portugal in the Eighties, just curious as to how much it may be worth?  The year of the port is 1965.  Thank you

Keeping an Open Bottle of Vintage Port

December 9, 2011
Question by: Tim, Aberdeen, UK


Dear Port Experts,

I am looking to buy a nice vintage bottle of port for Christmas (1977 - 1980). It is unlikely that the whole bottle will be drunk over the festive period and I am concerned that if a half drunk bottle is left for months (I don't drink port every week !) the port will deteriorate in the bottle due to exposure to air inside the bottle. I had planned to decant the full bottle into some smaller bottles reducing this effect and allowing me to store it but I don't know if this will work. Any advice on how I can keep the port at its optimum once opened for a long period i.e months would be much appreciated.

Tawny vs. Port Wines from the same producer

December 2, 2011
Question by: Scott, USA


In general, which is better, a tawny or late bottled vintage port from a high quality producer such as Graham's or Taylor?

Discovered Bottle of Port

November 30, 2011
Question by: Martin, U.K.


Hello, I discovered a bottle of Graham's Six Grapes Port label id LG-108076-01. Could you tell me what age it is and whether it is worth keeping? Thanks.

Port for Christmas

November 25, 2011
Question by: Suzie, Woking, England


Hi there, I've got my father-in-law to be for Secret Santa this year, and he loves a good port. Not being a lover myself, I wondered if you could give me the name of a good, full bodied, fruity port on a budget for around £25 that's sure to please. Your expert advice is much appreciated indeed!

20 Year Old Tawny Port

November 7, 2011
Question by: Felice, Singapore


I bought a bottle of WARRE'S 20 yr old TAWNY PORT and it was bottled in 2002. May i check with you what is its 'age' actually? Is it a good Vintage?  How long can i keep it?  Thank you.

Vintage Port on a Budget

November 3, 2011
Question by: James, Bristol, UK


Hello, I recently went to Le Caprice with my father and tried my very first vintage port, a little late at 21, which was a Grahams 1983. I thought it was fantastic and am now looking to buy a couple of bottles. Could you reccomend a Port around the £40 mark that would be a good alternative? the £70 bottles available are a bit of a stretch for me.


October 29, 2011
Question by: Jeff, Santa Rosa, California


Should port be decanted, whether Vintage or Tawny? Or aerated?

How Long Will it Keep?

October 24, 2011
Question by: David, Coventry, UK


Once opened how long will Port last and how should you store it once opened?

Life in Bottle - Other Port Styles

October 20, 2011
Question by: J, Santander, Spain


In a recent visit to your cellar, I bought several bottles of your wines, namely,

- Grahams 10 Years Tawny Port
- Grahams Finest Reserve

I would appreciate your kindly advising about how much time these wines remain in good condition

aa) Without opening the bottle, and
bb) After opening the bottle.

Please, bear in mind that I live in the north of Spain, which is a rainy and humid country.

Warre's Colheita

July 25, 2011
Question by: Deirdre, UK


I have a bottle of Warre's Colheita 1940, which says it was kept in casks and bottled in 1988.  I also have a bottle of Sandemans, the label says: Sandeman 30 years old Tawny Port matured in wood and bottled in 1990. The bottle is a replica of bottle used in 1790. It was produced to celebrate bicentenary of the House of Sandeman.  Can you tell me if they are good years and where I might be able to sell them?  Thank you.


Storage of Open Bottles

July 7, 2011
Question by: Donald, Chicago, IL USA


After opening a bottle of Port how many days is it still good enough to drink and how should it be stored?

House Styles Across Brands

June 20, 2011
Question by: Jacob, London, England


I’ve been wondering for a while how a company such as the Symington Family Estates manages the blending over so many shippers. Does the same team work on all of the wines, or are there different panels for each shipper? If I’ve counted correctly, I think I am correct in saying that in a general declaration, up to 10 Vintage Ports could be released; far more than of any other Port company!

I was also wondering how a “house style” is maintained for each shipper within the company and whether there is an effort to make each shipper stylistically consistent over the whole range. For example, compared to Graham’s, Dow’s Vintage Port is usually thought of as very dry; could the same be expected when comparing LBVs or Fine Rubies from these houses? I think consistency is often attributed, for Vintage Port, to the use of major vineyards (e.g. Canais for Cockburn) and I was wondering if that is the same with the non-premium brands and tawnies?

Many thanks and congratulations on getting the new site up!

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