Found an old bottle of port (bottled 1978), appears to still be good – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Found an old bottle of port (bottled 1978), appears to still be good

Hi all

Cleaning out an old cupboard at my parents and found a very old bottle of port. The front label is printed on the bottle and reads:

"NOVAL OVER 40 YEARS PORT".

The back label states it was produced at the Quinta de Noval and bottled in 1978. Vinhos, S.A.R.L. Vila Nova de Gaia Portugal.

I stupidly do not have a photo but will try and get one.

The bottle is unopened, and from a quick look against the light it appears to be in good shape.

Any idea what something like this could be worth (if anything) and how to find out?


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Next Options – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Next Options

The first wine I ever really liked was a 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape. I didn't start drinking wine regularly until about 10 years ago and had a lull. Primarily I've been concentrating on single regions and generally California since I live here. Looking to Branch out.

I tend to like Cabs and Zins, with Insignia being my special favorite. Pinot Noirs are also quite good. Like the Willamette Valley ones a lot but typically not as much as the Sonoma ones I've had. Recently found some great whites that were unusual to me around Santa Barbara and San Luis: Viognier (The Martian), Gruner Veltliner and Granache Blanc from somewhere I didn't take note. First white wine I liked was Assyrtiko from Santorini, but could have been the Rocky beach and Cool breeze and pretty views.

Have had hardly any Spanish or French wines. Where should I go next?


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Can I ship a bottle from a winery in Napa to Colorado? – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Can I ship a bottle from a winery in Napa to Colorado?

I’m going to be near Napa Valley, CA and I want to send my friend in Denver a bottle of wine. First of all is this legal and secondly what are some good winery recommendations that allow you to ship bottles as gifts?


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Wine lover considering level 1 sommelier. – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Wine lover considering level 1 sommelier.

Hey everyone! I wanted some advice. Over the last few years I have gotten into drinking wine. I want to go past drinking it and starting understanding pairs, regions, and vintages. To do this I am considering going for level 1 sommelier. I have bought the wine bible, and have begun reading. For all the sommelier out there, how much time did you study to be a level 1? Did you think it was worth doing? Did it help you enjoy wine more?

Would love to hear any and all input! Sorry for any grammar errors I’m on mobile.


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This domestic wine was stored upright instore, tastes about two days old upon opening, and cork is dry/lacks color. It’s only 2 years old but has this cork let air in? It’s a shame to think it could have been mediated by better storage/faster sales rotation for such a middling bottle. – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

This domestic wine was stored upright instore, tastes about two days old upon opening, and cork is dry/lacks color. It’s only 2 years old but has this cork let air in? It’s a shame to think it could have been mediated by better storage/faster sales rotation for such a middling bottle.
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Affordable Bordeauxs For My Father – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Affordable Bordeauxs For My Father

This Christmas I was hoping to get my father a few bottles of some lesser expensive bordeauxs (sub $100, sub $60 ideally). Recently he took me out to a celebratory dinner and he got a bottle of the 2011 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, which while admittedly it was likely the single most exquisite bottle of wine I've ever had, it was certainly the most expensive. When I mentioned that I had had only previously had a one or two bordeauxs ever, and they were sub $40, he balked at the idea of cheap bordeaux even being possible. So, to open his eyes to french wine that doesn't require opening a second mortgage to drink, I was planning on giving my father a few examples of still good, but much more affordable bordeauxs for Christmas. I was thinking to get at least one bottle from the Pauillac region, since that is where Rothchild is, but other than that I have no idea what I'm looking for. Does anyone have ideas/suggestions for some decent, affordable bottles?

PS: He is also into California Cabs, I know he likes Cakebread and Duckhorn, as well as Spottswoode, if that gives any direction at all.


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Has some wine older than me tonight, but that’s all I know. Anyone around here can tell me something about it? – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Has some wine older than me tonight, but that’s all I know. Anyone around here can tell me something about it?
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Wine tasting courtesy – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Wine tasting courtesy

Hello all, my wife and I are fairly new to wine and we just scheduled an appointment for our first wine tasting at a winery. I was curious if it is expected of the customer to typically buy a bottle of wine after a wine tasting? The price for the tasting was $20 each but the cheapest bottle of wine this particular winery offers is $55. Im trying to decide if I should cancel the tasting because I definitely don’t plan on buying a bottle for that much, but I also don’t want to look like a jackass for not buying one.

Any other wine tasting courtesies I should know about please let me know!


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