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I have a boxed set of unopened Paul Masson Rare Cream Sherry and Rare
Souzao Port,Cuvee 001C and 001S. I've had them sitting upside down on a book shelf since around 1975. The box is designed to look like two leather bound books. It is very realistic.  I am an illustrator and I did the illustration for the book design. Could you please tell me if the wine is drinkable and if it has much value. Would it help the value if I signed the box?  
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Hi Mark

I know these wines well. Co0ngratulations---the packaging is terrific!  But these were not really meant to age this long.  One clue is that they used the shorter bar-top corks, instead of longer traditional corks.  Those shorter corks don't seal as well, and you're lucky if you don't see a bit of wine leaking out at least one of your bottles.

I've seen a few of these for sale from time to time, but they've never attracted much attention from collectors or connoisseurs--probably because Masson made so much of this stuff.  It is not rare.  The prices I've seen are around $15-20 a bottle or so.

Your matched set might be worth a bit more, but I doubt it.  It seems as if people are more interested in one or the other, so having them both doesn't add much value.  

You could check with the experts at antiquebottles.com.  They're the ones who really know about collectability for the bottles themselves.  The wine is tasty--but it won't make you rich.

Sorry that I can't give you more exciting news.

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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