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I also have a Danish wine bottle - the one that looks like it has 4 handles to the bottle--it is full and the cork is still in it (even tho it has leaked a little out of the top). On the top of the cork, BANDOR is embossed in the plastic that is on top of the cork.  The bottle is 4/5 qt., 19% alcolhol with a label that says "Blackberry BANDOR - A Danish wine specially made with blackberry wine, sugar and natural flavors"  Another label shows "Schenley Import Company" and another very small circular label/stamp says:  By appointment to H.M. & The Kings of Denmark/KASTRUP_02 HOLMEGARD/Made in Denmark"   Do you know of or have any information about this beautiful bottle of wine?  Thanks -Ruth

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Hi Ruth

Since they cannot grow grapes in the northern part of Europe, there is a long tradition of making wines and cordials out of local fruits, including blackberries.  But don't confuse these with more traditional grape wines.  These fruit wines are very sweet, fortified with high proof alcohol to give them a bit more life, and usually intended to be sipped very slowly or poured over vanilla ice cream.  Seriously delicious.

That's what you have.  It's not collectible, and wine connoisseurs don't really consider this wine at all.  But it can be tasty if it's not too old.  After a while, the color and fruit begin to fade from purple to brown, and it begins to taste a little tired and old.  The fact that you bottle has leaked a little bit is not a good sign, because that also means that air has passed the cork in the other direction, and has helped oxidize the contents. It won't have any value on the auction market.

So the long and short of it is that you have a bottle that might not taste so great, but there's only one way to find out.  Spoon out a little ice cream, pour a spoonful over the top, and see how it tastes.

Hope that helps.  And I hope it tastes yummy!

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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