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Old Kosher Wines from 1960s Israel from Cellar... worth anything?

Posted by Flashpwb, Jul 14, 2014.

I bought out a private cellar and these were part of it... anyone think these are worth anything?  Thanks!


Reply by dmcker, Jul 14, 2014.

They'd be worth an interesting afternoon or evening tasting them with friends. With a good bottle or two in reserve for afterwards. 

But as for financially, almost certainly no. Perhaps some pittance for the bottles to use as decorations at a restaurant or such. 

Hard to see from the photo, but any vintage years for them, and other particulars?

Reply by outthere, Jul 14, 2014.

49 years under a stelvin cap? Ya never know but I doubt if any of them still have any life left.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 14, 2014.

49 years under anything with those wines and you have to wonder... I think current Stelvins could be just fine for the right wine, but the state of the art back then was different for wines and closures. 

If they were from, oh, the year Israel was founded, that would have non-wine value.  But as wine?  DMcker is right.  As he usually is. 

Of course, being sweet might lengthen their lives, but 49 years?  Um, no. Get something good to back it up and get the (likely) bad taste out of your mouth. 

Reply by dmcker, Jul 14, 2014.

"If they were from, oh, the year Israel was founded, that would have non-wine value."

Or perhaps from '67 or '73, very critical years in Israel's existence. Or if there were a backstory to the winemakers or how the wines were made under whatever conditions. But again, that would only be for a very limited, small, hard-to-find market. And under the assumption that the bottles were almost undoubtedly well over-the-hill. Perhaps the 'Imperator' might have the most legs left of the bunch.

Best to gift them to someone you know who (really) likes Israeli wines, or to share with friends on one or two occasions, with the aforementioned backups on hand. Personally, I'd be curious to try them, and compare them to my memories of my first Israeli wines back in the '70s. But not enough to pay to have them shipped way over to where I am...  ;-)

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