Selling vintage port

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dscowley
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Selling vintage port

Post by dscowley » 20:37 Fri 04 Mar 2016

Hi port friends. I have two bottles which I would like to sell. I have read jdaws1 excellent words on the subject of selling through auctions etc but thought I'd mention it here first. I have one bottle of Offley Boa Vista 1982 and one of Dows 1966. I have had them many years, the Dows from 1970, turning regularly, and they should be in good condition with no leakage or loss from either. The 1966 has some wine staining on the label but that was from a neighbouring bottle that I was forced to remove from the rack and drink with a friend. Anyone have interest or advice?

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Re: Selling vintage port

Post by jdaw1 » 09:57 Sat 05 Mar 2016

dscowley wrote:Hi port friends. I have two bottles which I would like to sell. I have read jdaws1 excellent words on the subject of selling through auctions etc but thought I'd mention it here first. I have one bottle of Offley Boa Vista 1982 and one of Dows 1966. I have had them many years, the Dows from 1970, turning regularly, and they should be in good condition with no leakage or loss from either. The 1966 has some wine staining on the label but that was from a neighbouring bottle that I was forced to remove from the rack and drink with a friend. Anyone have interest or advice?
I’m sorry to be the bearer of (mostly) bad news.

• OBV 1982 is worthless. Maybe a tenner. Maybe less.

• “turning regularly”: excellent for Champagne, not for Port.

• Happily Dow’s 1966 is good Port, despite being turned. But one bottle will not raise much money. Consider being “forced to remove from the rack and drink with a friend” — or bring to one of our bring-a-bottle-to-share tastings.

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Re: Selling vintage port

Post by PhilW » 10:29 Sat 05 Mar 2016

JDAW's comments are correct - the Offley '82 is of little value, whereas the Dow '66 is lovely port.

As it is 2016, the prices on 1966 ports have gone up significantly for the 50th birthday market; a year or two ago bottles of Dow '66 would retail for around £90, whereas this year due to 50th birthday market they are retailing for roughly double that (assuming well kept, good levels etc, and noting that as a private seller you would likely achieve perhaps just over half of that).

This has two effects:
(i) you may be able to get more money for your bottle this year due to the inflated price during 50th birthday year
(ii) you are less likely to find a buyer on this forum, since most of us would not pay the inflated price during this year, but rather wait until price return closer to normal next year.

As it is a single bottle, and in the current market condition, if you do not find interest here then I would probably suggest ebay or bidforwine as a suitable way to sell your bottle.

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Re: Selling vintage port

Post by DRT » 20:06 Sat 05 Mar 2016

You could consider bringing your bottle of Dow 1966 to this tasting. You would be very welcome and it would give you the opportunity to taste many different bottles from that vintage.

I agree with the comments above regarding the OBV 1982.
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