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Demolition of Prohibition-era wall reveals centuries-old wine collection

Jul 11, 2017

Demolition of Prohibition-era wall reveals centuries-old wine collection

(CNN) - Museum workers in New Jersey broke through a Prohibition-era wall and a locked wooden cage to discover over 50 bottles and 42 demijohns of rare Madeira wine dating back as early as 1769.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, says the discovery yields the oldest known collection of Madeira in the United States.
"We had no idea the old bottles were there," said John Kean, first cousin to New Jersey's former governor and president of the museum. "We knew there would be wine, but had no idea as to the date. That was a major surprise."

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