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Snooth User: tmbrewer0318

Need help on info about a vintage wine!

Posted by tmbrewer0318, Jun 30, 2013.

I have a wine in a very unique beaker style bottle! It is a Vintage 1960 Pinot Chardonnay! ON it, it says shipped by Imperial Bodega Tarragon spain. and impoted by Rathjen Bros inc. San Francisco, California.! Can anyone give me info on this as far as cost etc. or if it's even worth trying to find out more info for price???


Reply by duncan 906, Jul 1, 2013.

I know nothing of this wine but possibly somebody else on here can help you.Is it possible for you to post a picture of it?Have you tried to google Imperial Bodega Tarragon Spain or Rathjen Brothers?You are asking about price.Does this mean that you wish to sell it?How did you come by it?

Reply by tmbrewer0318, Jul 1, 2013.

I currently don't own it but someone is selling it and I was trying to find out if it's worth it to buy it for what she is asking! I have tried googling everything possible and have had no luck! There is a picture posted on here already!

Reply by EMark, Jul 1, 2013.

Well, it's very cool looking.  I would think that any value is derived more from the container than from the contents.

Reply by GregT, Jul 1, 2013.

I don't think it's worth anything at all other than curiosity.

First of all, it's not Imperial Bodega Tarragon. It's "Imperial Bodega", which as far as I know doesn't exist, at least any more. And Tarragona, not Tarragon, is the region in which the Bodega was supposed to be. That's where Barcelona is. In the 1980s and 1990s, it became famous as the home of Priorat, but in the 1960s it was a backwater and forgotten and not the place you'd go for good wine.

They grew a lot of Garnacha and Carignan for high yields but the wines weren't very good and certainly not something you'd age. Mostly, the region was abandoned as wineries closed and people moved to cities to seek work. 

The importer was around in the 1930s and 1940s and there's actually a pretty well-known case vs the State of California, with Earl Warren as the presiding judge before he went to the Supreme Court. They were suing over something like $1800 or so. But I think even the importer is long gone. 

Cool bottle however, and certainly a curiosity. Maybe a wine store or restaurant that specializes in Spanish food/wine might be interested, or maybe it has some antique value that I'm not aware of, but as far as the wine goes, I doubt it's something you'd want to drink today, if it ever was.

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