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Da Silva Porto
Da Silva Porto  
Hello! I have recently come into possession of a small, 2 oz. bottle of wine that looks to be pretty old, though there is no date printed anywhere on it that I can see. The label reads

Da Silva Porto
Fine Douro Port
Five Crown
Imported by the Fleischman Distilling Corp, New York, N.Y

The seal also has the number 884180 on it.

Though the bottle does not appear to ever have been opened, and the label has no rips or tears- the cork is brittle and the foil has been removed, though it is still there.

I'm wondering if there is anyway you could come up with a ballpark value of this bottle, and if there is a market for it, how do I enter it?

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Hi Emma

what a cute bottle!  This would have been made for a special marketing campaign, not for regular release through retailers.  Because it has no vintage date on it, it is a blended port, and as such was ready to drink when it was released.  

The bad news is that such wines are not really made to age for years....and the smaller bottle would be far more likely to exhibit the evidence of age.  So it is in all probability over the hill.  Sorry about that.  

But Port is high in both sugar and alcohol, so they do tend to hold up over time better than most wines.  So this one still might offer some charm. What it won't offer is much value on the auction market---I doubt you could get anyone to pay more than $15 or $20 for this.

So if it were mine, I would open it up and see what it's like.  You have nothing to lose, and you might find a lovely little bit of wine inside.  Pair it with roasted nuts, nice cheese...or a nice warm fire.

Hope that helps

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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