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Wine/Old Bottle Reserva Caves do Barracão


Thank you for taking my question. I have a very old bottle of what I believe is Champagne. The lower label is gold and says Vinho Espumante Natural below that is a silver eagle with a red logo that has S.V.P.D Lda. Next is the large Reserva in scripted black letters and underneath is Caves Do Barracao. The bottom says Fogueira Portugal. There is gold foil over the top with a metal band. It's a beautiful bottle, intact, and I'd like to know if it's any good to drink, and or maybe worth something. It's been in my family for at least four generations. Thank you for any assistance you can give.

Hi Sherri,

This isn't Champagne as that only comes from the Champagne region of France but a sparkling Portuguese wine made by a company that doesn't enjoy a particularly good reputation in that country.

Sparkling wines below the level of the very top Champagnes are never made for long keeping so I'm afraid there's no possibility of pleasure from opening this after 'four generations'.

It has no value either as no merchant or auction house would be willing to help you sell a bottle of such a low potential value and it wouldn't be lawful for you to do so privately in the US.

I suggest you keep it on display as a talking point if the bottle is attractive or consider dumping it.




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