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QUESTION: Dear Sir,   Thank you for the opportunity to ask questions and thank you for your time.
  We have this empty wine bottle that is 13 inches tall and has the label  "Italia"  marchio Nazionale,  along with a number:  0  94663. It also bears an additional sticker, "Marine Corps  2001518.  And the final label on the lower back " Sole U.S.A. Agentis; Mediterranean Importing Co. Inc.  Long Island City, New York.  
Other than it being made in Italy we know nothing about it.  We are interested to know how it got the Marine Corps sticker and what the bottle is made of. We would be thankful for any information and all of your help.

ANSWER: Hi TG

I wish that your photo included more of the bottle!  The shape of the bottle, and the rest of the label, could tell us a lot more about the wine.

What I can tell you is that this is a bottle of Italian wine that was probably sold through the PX system at a Marine base. It's a white wine, and it is almost certainly well past its prime.  But that's about all I can tell you from the information at hand.

If you can get a better picture of the label and bottle, or decypher more of the words on the label, I can give you more information.

Paul Wagner

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QUESTION: Dear Sir,  Thank you for the reply.   The round label "ITALIA"  Marchio Nazionale  with the letters TNE  in the center.   Part of the wrap-around label "To Be Served Chilled" producers in Italy" with a twist type corkscrew picture;    numbers  (red) 0  (black) 94663;  and it looks like  " Extra Dry(Fine) White Wine     Bottled by the.......  pictured is another type of corkscrew; "SOLE U..S.A. AGENTS"   Mediterranean Importing Co. Inc. Long Island City, New York.  And the "MARINE CORPS 2001118".  That is all of the lables available.  It still has gold paper wrapped around the neck of the bottle.  The image on the front has "Titvlvs but I didn't think it important.  I am including 2 new pictures of the bottle.  
Thank you again.   TGM

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Hi TG

Excellent!  Those photos help a lot.  This was a Verdicchio--a white wine from the center of Italy.  Verdicchio is a yellow-green grape variety from central Italy responsible for making dry wines of the same color. The variety has been used here for many centuries, and its use has been documented in the Marche region since the 14th Century.

As noted before, this one is certainly well past its prime.  Verdicchio is really best when it is consumed within a few years of the harvest.  The region is now a DOCG--the highest quality rating in Italy--and sparkling wines and dessert wines from these grapes as well.  

I hope that gives you a bit more information!

Paul Wagner

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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 rickandpaulwine.com, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.

Experience

30 years in the business.

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

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

Education/Credentials
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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