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Paul, I have a bottle of 1989 Ernest and Julio Gallo Reserve White Grenache.  I was just wondering what it might be worth.  I bought it when my daughter was born, in hopes of giving it to her when she got married.  I'm still waiting.  I also have a bottle of Chateau Gran Traverse Chardonnay Old Mission Peninsula 1987.  It was for my oldest daughter when she marries, and I'm sill waiting on that one as well. I'm not looking to sell, just curious.

Thank you so much!

Hi Kristin

I don't have great news for you. This wine was light and fresh when it was bottled, but over the years it has lost most of that fruit, and is now well past its prime.  I don't think this one is a wine I would have selected to age for 21 years.  The Grand Traverse Chardonnay is also likely over the hill. I am sorry to give you the bad news.

In general, the best wines for aging this long are big powerful red wines or dessert wines like Port or Madeira.  I guess the good news is that your daughter's have aged much better than the wines!

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Wines of the world, wine a food matching, wine and food service questions. I currently teach Wine courses at Napa Valley College, am an international wine judge, written many articles for publication, and have been a guest speaker at way too many wine conferences to remember. 25 years in the business. With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, I authored the definitive book on wine marketing: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, which won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book for professionals! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.


30 years in the business.

Society of Wine Educators, Academy of Wine Communications, American Wine Society

Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Fine Wine Journal, les Amis du Vin Journal, Society of Wine Educators Journal, and more.

I have taught at Napa Valley College for the last twenty years.

Awards and Honors
Spanish National Wine Fair: A lifetime dedicated to wine award. Espaderino della Castelania di Soave in Italy.

Past/Present Clients
Wineries include Caymus, Wente, Parducci, Shannon Ridge, Paul Dolan Wines, Vigilance, and others. Wine regions include the Union des Grand Crus de Borcdeaux, Union des Grands Crus de St. Emilion, Consorzio di Chianti CLassico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Consorzio di Franciacorta, Rioja Alavesa, and others.

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