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I have 3 bottles of port and want to know what it is worth before I enjoy them.
RAMOS PINTO vintage 1983, FONSECA(quinta do panascal) vintage 1988 and WARRE'S vintage 1977
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HI Gilles

IF these have been stored correctly, in a very cool, dark place, they should be lovely wines.  In the US, they would range in value from about $100 for the Fonseca to almost $200 for the Warres.  Of course, it is illegal for private citizens in the US to sell wines, so anyone here would have to work through a retailer or auction house who would charge a commission on the sale.  I don't know what the rules are in France.

If they were mine, I would open them on a special occasion and enjoy them with some good friends.  Of course, such wines do not last more than a day or two after opening, so you will want enough friends there to help you finish the bottle!

hope that helps

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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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