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My father-in-law just passed away and we found an un-corked bottle of Mateus Rose with the US Forces stamp on it.  He was stationed in Europe during WWII. In googling the internet, I found a posting by you from 2010 in which you had the same bottle.  It looks like it's probably not worth anything, other than an interesting piece from that time period, but I was wondering if you have any additional info on this.  Thanks.

Hi Karyn,

I don't think I'll be able to add much to what you've seen, but all rosÚs are made to be drunk on release, while they retain the fresh, fruity character that the maker intended - and which make them so popular.

Thus I'm afraid there is no possibility of enjoyment from drinking the one you describe.

You are right to say that it has no value (as it would be impossible for you to sell lawfully) but you might want to keep it as a memento, rather than dumping it.




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