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I can answer any questions with regard to Wines of the world, Spirits and Liqueurs.

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I am at present the Wines & Spirits Consultant/valuer to Charterhouse Auctions Sherborn Dorset UK.


As above but in a retired mode.


I was an Expert with you until I had to stop because of ill health, I am now recovered and would like to continue.


I have a teaching Degree and am a WSET Wine Educator (retired) I am also a Fellow of The British Institute of Innkeeping (Retired and a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (Retired)

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Consultant / Vauer to Charterhouse Auctions Sherborne Dorset UK, Lecturer at the City of Bath College Bath UK Training adviser to several Organisations in the S W UK.

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Recent Answers from David Baines

2016-10-10 Port:

John Luptons. Probably bottled in UK. If the bottle has a good level the value is in the region of 200 pounds.  The Cockburns will probably also be UK bottled and have a similar value to the Luptons as

2016-06-15 Louis Roederer Reims Champagne:

Laura,    It is very difficult to date accurately Champagne that has no year date on the bottle/label, looking at the picture that type of label has been in use since the 1970s, so I don't think it is

2016-05-04 Brandy value:

Rachel,    I have been away all this week so have only just read your email.  The Courvoisier could have a value in excess of £1000, maybe more, but I would need to see it to give you an accurate valuation

2016-04-26 M Rechou Grande Fine Champagne:

Garry,    Grand Fine Champagne is the best grade of Cognac,ones from the 50s and 60s are achieving high prices at auction, I think yours could be worth £250/350 at auction in the UK.    Kind regards,

2016-03-22 Mercier vendange 1990 champagne:

Shaun,    In answer to your questions the Champagne should be still drinkable,Mercier is not one of the "top twenty" of Champagnes but with it having specific vintage it should have matured well in bottle


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