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Posted by layton, Jan 22, 2009.

I wonder if anyone can help me. I have a bottle of Gonzalez Byas oloroso 1964. I am having trouble finding out much about this vintage sherry, its quality or its value. Should I sit and enjoy, keep it or offer it up to a more deserving drinker or collector ?


Reply by MarioRobles, Jan 22, 2009.

I am in Australia and if you go to this site ( and choose Wine Tools/Price Guide; you will see that the same wine you have but Vintage 1954 sold in 2007 was sold for $73AUD (approx. $48USD) - this is in Australia... I am sure someone will help you with that in the USA...

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jan 22, 2009.

Vintage sherry is pretty rare. It all but disappeared at the end of the 20th century, but it has recently been making a comeback. Are you sure this date is the vintage? Is there anything else written on the bottle?

However, Sherry does not age or develop in the bottle. It is bottled and shipped as ready to drink. Therefore you should open it and start enjoying it (and keep it in the fridge until the bottle is finished).

OR - since this wine is being sold for $137 a bottle by a German retailer, you can try to sell it online.

There's already a Snooth page (and a rating) for this wine:

Reply by MMason, Jan 22, 2009.

I'd recommend opening and enjoying it on a special occassion. There are no more deserving drinkers or collectors than you. You'll be able to experience a bottle that you'll, more than likely, never be able to replace. Chances are, it will be something that you find really funky, but the chance to share a rare bottle with a few good friends is worth more than the few dollars that you'll get from selling it.

Selling wine is a hassel. From posting it, answering questions and shipping it (which is as illegal as you selling it in the first place), I find that it's never worth the money. I do sell wine occassionally, but only to close friends that are still on waiting lists of wine that I have way too much of. Wine is meant to open, drink and enjoy. Don't forget to come back and tell us what you thought of it.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 22, 2009.

Welcome Andrew,

You've gotten some great info here. It should be a lovely bottle of sherry. It sounds like something that will provide at least as much pleasure as it's worth so go ahead and share it with some frinds over a long afternoon of wine and cheese and little fried things.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jan 23, 2009.

I agree with MM -- let us know how it is! And welcome to the site.

Reply by fibo86, Jan 27, 2009.

hey buddy I have to agree with the general opinion....... open, open, open and ENJOY

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 26, 2009.

I just had this last night. It's an excellent bottle of Oloroso that shows it's best with a few hours, 2 or 3 , of air. Lovely stuff and killer with the cheese course after dinner!

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