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Hi,
I have an unopened bottle of Sherry labled as follows:

Alexander Gordon - "Pavo Real" Oloroso Sherry.    (20% alcohol)

A smaller label on the backside indicates a vintage of 11 January 1943.

Does the bottle have any significant value?

Is it drinkable?

Thank you

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Hi Paul

Sherry is a wine that is oxidized during the production process, so there is very little that can happen to this wine that didn't already happen to it at the winery!  It should be fine to drink, both because of production process, as well as the 20% alcohol that will help preserve it.  It started sweet, but may have softened a bit as the sugar will have caramelized and lost its impact.  

The small label on the back may indicate a bottling date or some tax registration---as sherries are never vintage-dated.  They are a blend of vintages by definition!

Because you have only one bottle, and nobody can really verify the provenance or quality of this wine, it won't have much value on the auction market.  I would guess less than $150, and possibly far less.  And remember that it is illegal for private individuals to sell alcoholic beverages in the USA. You'd have to work through a retailer or auction house, and pay them a significant commission...  

Hope that helps.  This should be lovely wine.  I hope you enjoy it.

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.

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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.

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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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