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Josh,
I have a bottle of unknown age that my Uncle had kept in the house.  It is a 4/5 Pt. bottle of a NY State Dry Imperator out of Penn Yan, NY.

Should we try to open it a see what we find OR Is it something we should turn over to a knowledgeable expert.

We have no concerns except that wasting a vintage product is inappropriate.

Bob & Betty Munhall

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Bob,
Robin Imperator Dry is a New York State sparkling wine that was popular in the 50's and early 60's. It was an inexpensive wine and not one that would be considered  agable. Particularly since yours is a half bottle I do not expect that it would still be drinkable, but it can't hurt to try.

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I can answer most any question about wine- types, styles, grape varieties, regions, vintages, proper storage, production, wine and food pairing, wine service, decanting, proper glassware, serving temperatures etc. Regarding questions about specific bottles of wine, since I live in the U.S. my focus is on wines imported here. I can't answer questions about spirits and liquor valuations.

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I have over 20 years of experience. I was a wine buyer and sommelier in NYC for many years including 4 years at Windows on the World which was NY's number one wine restaurant. I created and taught a Wine Appreciation Course at Borough of Manhattan Community College. I have worked for the past 15 years for the Wine Enthusiast Cos. as Editor, Columnist, Wine Storage Consultant and am currently Wine Director and Buyer for their online wine website wineexpress.com, I recently judged in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Follow me on Twitter @WEX_Josh

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Diversions Magazine

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Windows on the World Wine School- completed all courses from beginning to advanced. Former member of the Sommelier Society of NY. Competed in the Food and Wines of France Sommelier Competition. Traveled to wine regions in Europe including, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley, Alsace, Tuscany, Piedmont, Veneto, Rioja, and Jerez. Visited wine regions in NY's Finger Lakes, California's Sonoma, Napa and Central Coast and Oregon's Willamette Valley.

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