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I was given a bottle of CAMUS GRAND vsop  LA GRANDE MARQUE COGNAC
NUMBER 1021 I DESPERATELY WANT TO DRINK IT BUT I AM POOR AND I AM WORRIED IT IS WORTH A LOT OF MONEY
CAN YOU TELL ME IF IT IS WORTH MILLIONS OR THOUSANDS OR MAYBE I WOULD NOT DRINK IT IF IT WAS ONLY WORTH $600, ANYTHING UNDER $600 AND ITS IN MY BELLY.
WHAT DO YOU THINK, IT HAS A NICE RED BOX TWO
It was meant to be 50 yrs old but my auntie bends the truth sometimes

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HI There

It's a nice bottle of Cognac, but it isn't worth any $600 US.  Right now you can buy this in the USA for about $100.  Distiiled spirits like this don't improve with age in the bottle---they alcohol level is too high.  SO the good news is that it's fine to drink. The bad news is that it isn't worth any more than a current bottling.

Drink up !

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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