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    Wine advice needed ASAP.....

    Ok so for our wedding I wanted to something different for a guest book....we wanted to have a few bottles of wine peope sign with like a gold marker with well wishes.....we were gonna have one for our first fifth and say tenth anniversary?.....we r having a lot less people at our wedding since h ehurricane.....

    Anyway what type of wine would be best sitting around for a few years?....we r not huge wine enthusiasts but I thought it was a great idea and something different plus well have a few years to start liking wine!.....so it has to be something I can buy locally at a store....my wedding is less than two weeks!.....any advice on types of wine would be much appreciated...

    I like amarone and she likes Pinot grigio ....don't know if that helps.."Ryan


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    I was going to suggest a good Amarone or Brunello di Montalcino myself
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    Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 1997

    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Madonna del Piano Riserva 2001
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    How about champagne!? It cellars well, and is perfect for a wedding anniversary.
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    I second the Amarone, Brunello and Champagne (Charles Heidsieck regular vintage, Bollinger vintage and non-vintage, Delamotte non-vintage drank well over a decade later, Drappier non-vintage drank well over a decade later) recommendations. Solid (not necessarily expensive) Bordeaux, certain Rhone wines (Clape wines age very well) certain California Cabs (had the 2002 Robert Mondavi Cab in magnum 2 years ago - purchased from Costco - and it had years to go), as well as some Aussie Shirazes will also age well. I opened a 2000 Elderton Command Shiraz about a month and a half ago and it was drinking beautifully.

    On top of that, I HIGHLY recommend buying large format bottles. They'll age slower because of the higher ratio of volume of wine to neck opening. Check Costco - during the holidays, they sell a number of large format bottles for VERY good prices. On top of that, there's more space for people to sign.

    Just make sure they're stored in a cool place, wine storage site, or wine refrigerator and you should have no problems 5 or even 10 years later, and maybe even longer than that.

    Good luck!
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    Buy a box - lots more room to sign names on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Martell View Post


    Buy a box - lots more room to sign names on.
    Exactly.

    Id recommend buying one of those Magnum Champagne bottles which are like 3' tall. It might set you back $750, but after you and the pops-in-law down a box or two of the aforementioned by Dave, you might be able to get HIM to pay for it

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    What the he'll is a format bottle....thanks for the suggestions guys....I appreciate it....I think amazon and champagne it is.....what about brands?....will it matter?I wouldn't have thought u could store champagne that long.....Ryan


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    Just remember that not all wines age well. In fact, the majority of wines produced today are meant to be drunk now rather than later--it's a myth that all wines get better with time.

    However, there are those varieties that do age extremely well, but long-term storage conditions are also important. If you have a completely dark room that keeps at 50-60 degrees (most people's basements) then you are in good shape. It is also important that the wine isn't subject to disturbances (vibrations, constant movement, etc.).

    I'm a Pinot guy myself with my favourites coming from the Burgundy region of France

    My suggestion is to find a reputable wine store who can provide suggestions. Also, Hugh Johnson's wine pocket book 2012 would be extremely useful/helpful.

    Good luck!!! Wine is probably one of my favourite things. Just remember not to take it too seriously, and splurge on an expensive bottle once a while.

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    Large format bottles refer to bottles larger than 750 ml (the standard size). Take a look at this page: http://www.thewinedoctor.com/advisor...tlesizes.shtml. Magnum is the equivalent of 2 regular bottles, Double Magnum is 4, etc.

    Brands do matter for Champagne. Do a little research to find one that you think you'll enjoy flavor-wise and go from there. There's lots of information about the various Champagne producers and which ones age well.

    I also completely forgot one Champagne that's generally readily available that has aged well beyond 5 years in my experience. Mumm Cordon Rouge. I would pass on Veuve Cliquot yellow label, nearly all of the Moet & Chandon brands except for Dom Perignon. Laurent Perrier and Roederer are larger producers that have made some quality Champagnes.

    Could you name some Champagnes that you've liked? We could probably help you find one. And, do you have a budget?
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