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3 bottles
3 bottles  

champagne
champagne  
I have a bottle Sevi chianti unopened, a bottle of chateau LaFayette champagne and a traveler fifth of old crow whiskey i was wanting to no how old the champagne is and how much they are worth?

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Hi Patrick  

I am sorry to say that I don't have great news for you.  

In order, the Chianti is a wine that was never intended to be aged.  It was made to be consumed within months of when it was bottled, and is now far past its prime.  It won't have any value at all--which is why you see so many of these bottles converted to candle holders.

The Champagne in not from France.  It's a New York company that borrowed the name. It, too,  was made to be consumed within months of when it was bottled, and is now far past its prime.  It won't have any value on the auction market.  

The Old Crow may be a different story.  Distilled spirits like this are so high in alcohol that they don't change much, for better or for worse, the way some fine wines do.  While the bad news is that it won't have appreciated in value, the good news is that it is still perfectly good to drink. It's value is roughly what a current bottle is worth.

Hope that is of some solace to you.  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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