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Unfortunately I had to place my father in assisted living, and as he used to be involved in the liquor industry, I found a few bottles I would appreciate having more information concerning them before deciding what to do.  First he had a heart shaped bottle of Paul Masson Rare Flor Sherry.  Blue label near the bottom of the front says cuvee no. 101 F   the second 1 is larger and the F is very "fancy"     4/5 quart

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Hi John

Sorry to hear about your dad.  I went through the same thing with my parents just a few years ago.  It isn't easy!

As for you wine, it's a nice bottle.  Because of a number of factors (it's Sherry, which usually doesn't get a lot of attention from collectors, plus, it's from Paul Masson, which also isn't a brand that has proven to be collectible, etc.) it hasn't increased in value much over the years.  I've seen these on ebay from time to time for around $20 or so. I know it well, having drunk a few bottles of this over the years.

But that doesn't mean that the wine isn't good. Now, you have to understand that this is Sherry.  It started out sweet, but with time the sugar in the wine has slowly caramelized, so it won't be so sweet now.  It will have a nutty, caramel-like nose, and a very rich and complex flavor in the mouth. It would be a good wine to sip with some salted nuts, a Christmas fruitcake, or just on its own with a little cheese or crackers.  

You don't have to finish the bottle once you open it--it will stay good for quite a few days.  Hope you enjoy it.

And good luck with your dad.

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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