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Wine/Gilbey port


Just clearing an elderly relative's house and found an old bottle of port. Gilbey Maximum price 14/- . Could it be worth selling or drinking?  Can't see a date anywhere?

Hi Sally,

I'm afraid this would be very difficult to sell as only Vintage Ports from famous houses retain significant value beyond 40 years of age - as this must be as the UK adopted decimal coinage in 1971.

W&A Gilbey's were famous wine and spirits distributors who did much to expand the drinks trade through grocers and off-licences before being taken-over in 1972 by brewers Watney Mann - who in turn became a part of Grand Metropolitan, Guinness and now Diageo.

It wouldn't hurt you to try it but you may not want to finish the bottle as I'd be astonished if much pleasure awaits in a 40+ YO bottle of 'grocers' Port.




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