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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I inherited a bottle of 1889 Rare Malmsey (Henriques). Ullage is above the shoulder. I have no clue how the bottle was stored. What are your thoughts on whether to consume it or just keep it as a conversation piece?
—Joe M., Lake in the Hills, Ill.
I'd do both! Drink up, and then keep the bottle or cork—along with the memories—as a conversation piece. I looked up the year, and to give you some context, this wine was made when Benjamin Harrison was inaugurated as President, the Eiffel Tower opened up, and North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington were admitted to the United States. How's that for some history in a bottle?
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