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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I have numerous bottles of wine that date back to the 1960s and '70s. They have all gone bad because of poor storing conditions. Are these still worth anything to anybody? It’s quite an impressive list of wines, but they have all gone bad.

—Thomas F.

Dear Thomas,

If you’ll allow me to be wineglass-half-full for a moment, there’s a chance that not every single bottle is ruined. I’ve had some disasters with wines (hot day, trunk of my car) where some wines were terrible, but others made it through unscathed. It really varies from bottle to bottle.

That said, you seem pretty confident that your wines don’t stand a chance, and I’ll take your word for it. It’s good to be realistic about what you’ve been storing—as you’re pointing out, even the impressive wines are suddenly less impressive if the juice inside isn’t good. Take this as a warning, fellow wine lovers: It’s not a good idea to hang on to important bottles if you don’t have proper storage conditions.

If the wine inside the bottle isn’t any good, there might be some folks who appreciate the outside of the bottle for curiosity or display purposes. You might also contact the individual producers, who might like to have them on display, if not for sale.

—Dr. Vinny

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