Updated: May 19, 2020
This year is a big milestone birthday year for all of my friends. I’m not going to say which milestone year, but let’s just say we are all excited and big parties, trips, and celebrations are underway. That leads me to the question, what milestone wine gifts are great for milestone birthdays, anniversaries, or other celebrations?
You could consider a rare old wine, Old Vine wine, or blending and labeling your own wine.
Rare Old Wine
The Rare Wine Company is a wine importer that carries a variety of old wine and sells it online. You can search by vintage (year), price, grape, region, etc. Of course, they have pricey rare wines, but they also have reasonably priced wines too.
If you opt to purchase an old bottle of wine, definitely take a look at this article: Old Wine How to Care and Serve. It explains how to handle the wine, whether to decant, how best to decant, and how long to let it rest before opening.
Shipping jostles the wine and kicks up sediment. Depending on how old the wine is, it may need anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks to rest before popping the cork. They give you some great tips and tricks for handling these old bottles.
When purchasing a wine that is 30+ years old, consider a fortified wine or dessert wine. These are high in alcohol and will last unopened for decades.
Madeira is a fortified wine that holds its own even once it’s been uncorked. You can treat it like a spirit, that can be capped and sipped on over months or years.
Port is another fortified wine that can easily last decades uncorked. However, Port that’s less than 15 years old should be consumed within 2-3 weeks after opening. For port 30+ years of age consume within 3-4 days.
Sauternes is a sweet, dessert wine from Bordeaux, France. This is another wine that ages well for decades. Be sure to chill this white dessert wine and consume within 3-4 days of opening.