10 Years in - there's a lot to wine about!
April 21, 2015 1:20 AM   Subscribe

Just over ten years ago I asked the following Question . So we're now coming up to our tenth Wedding Anniversary. Looking to get my wife something special, we're planning a trip away later in the year so that's sorted, but also want something for the day. My idea is for me to get a bottle of wine from every year we've been married. Now not knowing much about wine looking for recommendations for each year. Budget is to spend about £30-40 on each bottle, with the landmark years (wedding, kids born) spending a bit extra.
posted by lloyder to Food & Drink (6 answers total)
My recommendation is to find a small wine shop near you and ask the person at the counter to make recommendations. If you find someone knowledgeable, this is something they would love to help with. I've recently changed my wine-buying procedure from one where I pick a random bottle that is discounted, to one where I walk up to the counter and say, e.g. "I'd like a dry white white for under $30/$20 etc: what do you recommend?", and the quality of wine I get has gone way up.
posted by lollusc at 1:49 AM on April 21, 2015 [2 favorites]

This is a great idea, but the difficulty in putting together a 10 year vertical for an anniversary is that (to my knowledge) no 2015 bottles have been released yet, and aging means whites, rosé, and some reds for the couple years before.

That said, you can probably find a 5 or 7 year vertical starting with 2005 and fill in the more recent years from there.
posted by rhizome at 1:57 AM on April 21, 2015

Many wineries would be able to do a vertical (one bottle per year) dozen, usually presented in a lovely case. If you're not close to any wineries it may be trickier, but this way would mean you'd get a really nicely presented gift. A local boutique/higher end wine shop should be able to help with this.
posted by twirlypen at 5:00 AM on April 21, 2015

For the 2015 bottle, maybe you could get a nice bottle of champagne grape juice?
posted by cogitron at 5:03 AM on April 21, 2015

It's way up in Woodbridge, but my friend Richard at Woodbridge Wines would love to walk you through something like this. We spent two hours with him wandering through a wine warehouse here in the States last fall, his passion is contagious. MeMail me if you want more info.
posted by Floydd at 6:02 AM on April 21, 2015

Response by poster: Thanks for the feedback everyone. Ended up ringing Berry Bros & Rudd. They walked me through a selection of wines.

Wife absolutely loved the pressie and I obtained a multitude of brownie points :-)
posted by lloyder at 3:50 AM on June 15, 2015

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