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I inherited from my Uncle a Marca Verde 1979 Vintage Chianti wine unopened. The bottle is 31.5 inches tall, green glass. I read on here they were hard to find. My Uncle was an antique dealer just was looking for a value and possibly a buyer.

Yvonne

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Hi Yvonne

These tall bottles were produced, sometimes in the thousands, as merchandising display items for restaurants and retailers who carried the wineries' wines.  The wine inside was never intended to be served or consumed, and it was really very good at all.  

I've seen similar bottles on e-bay for between $15 and $50...but I can't tell you if any of them sold for those prices.  I know that wine collectors and connoisseurs are not interested in these--because of the quality of the wine.  

In fact, most people buy these as display items, or for turning into lamps etc.

Sorry that I can't give you any better news than that.

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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