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Messias Port

May 15, 2013
Question by: Stuart, Texas, USA


What is a Messias port?

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.

20 Year Old Tawny Port

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


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.

Value of Tawny Ports

January 16, 2013
Question by: Daniel, via Mobile


I have found two  bottles of port in my grandfathers loft, I am wanting to get shot of them and was wondering if they have any value other than me drinking them.  A bottle of Noval 20 years port bottled in 1979.  " port wine matured in wood for twenty years, produced at the Quinta Do Noval bottled in 1979 and shipped by Quinta Do Noval. 0.75l.  A bottle of Pocas Porto 20 years old Coroa De  Rei, matured in wood bottled in 1984.

Old Tawny Port

January 5, 2013
Question by: Robert, New Jersey, USA


I have a bottle of 1937 Souza Tawny Port.  I am curious as to its value and any special cosideration I should give to openining it and storing it.  As an example: do I have to drink it in one seating or could I store it in a decanter?

Old Colheita

December 21, 2012
Question by: Dean, Chester, UK


I have 1 bottle of  REAL COMPANHIA VELHA, VINHO DO PORTO, COLHEITA DE 1944.  Is it worth drinking or selling?

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.

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.

Australian Fortified Wine - Tawny

October 21, 2012
Question by: Bradley (Mobile)


I have a bottle of Tawny Port that i recieved from my grandfather when he passed away back in 2005. On the label on the front of the bottle it says 'Second Australian 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix September 16th 1990'. The bottle number is 0782. Was just enquiring some information on it please.

Value of a Tawny Port

September 25, 2012
Question by: Geoffrey (Mobile)


I have a bottle of Taylors 1979 20 year old Tawny Port, how much is it worth?

How Long to Store Port?

September 25, 2012
Question by: Rui (Mobile)


For how long should I store a bottle of Port?

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?

When to Drink 20 Year Old Tawny

September 20, 2012
Question by: Ryan, Henderson, USA


I have a bottle of Grahams 20yr old Tawny Porto that was bottled in 2002. I have had it in a wine fridge since I got it 7 yrs ago.  My questions are, should I be drinking this as soon as possible? Has it probably gone bad? Is there any reason to wait to drink?

Gift Box of Port Miniatures

September 19, 2012
Question by: Derek, London


I have a small tin gift box by St Michael (Marks & Spencer) with four miniature bottles of port (1 x vintage character, 1 x tawny 10 years old, 1x white & 1x late bottled vintage) given to me 25 years ago.  it has never been opened.  Is it any good or worth anything?

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?

Warre's Grand Reserve Port 1965

July 10, 2012
Question by: Michiel, Tiel, NL


I'm able to buy 12 bottles of Warre's Grand Reserve Port 1965, but I can't find any information about this port on the internet. Can you please inform me about this port, if it probably is in fine conditions or not, and what they are aprox worth at this time?

Old Bottle of Delaforce Port

July 9, 2012
Question by: Louise, Knutsford, GB


My mother has just passed away and I have found an enormous bottle of Delaforce His Eminence's Choice Port.  No clues on label as to date or size of bottle but would have thought twice the size of a wine bottle.  Very old label picture of men round table with wigs on eating and drinking.  Can you give me some help as to how to get a valuation and how to sell?

Temperature Variation in Storage

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


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

Value of a Tawny Port

April 13, 2012
Question by: John, Charlotte, NC, USA


I have a bottle with case of Ferreira Old Tawny Porto 20 year NV Duque de Braganca purchased in 2001.  How much is it worth?

1952 Port

April 13, 2012
Question by: Di, Nebo, Australia


Where could I purchase a 1952 bottle of port for a 60th birthday gift?

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 ?

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?

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.

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?

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.

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.


Value of a Tawny

July 11, 2011
Question by: Vicki, New Zealand


I have a bottle of tawny port you put out for the marriage of Lady Diana and Prince Charles in 1981. Do you know if this holds any value?

Storing Colheitas

June 21, 2011
Question by: Berlin, Germany


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.

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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