Thursday, June 07, 2007

Summer of '69

Normally, I do the expounding and you, as my readers, do the patient reading. For this post, however, I really want to hear from you. I need some wine advice.

If you were looking for a wine from a certain vintage, say...1969, where would you go to buy it?

What kind of wine would you look for? Bordeaux? Burgundy? Port? Something completely different?

I know nothing about buying vintage wine, so I could use some insight into the best way to find great wines in great condition without getting robbed. If you don't know, but you know someone who might, please pass this along to them. Hopefully, I'll find something cool and report back on it.

I'm just curious to see how a 38-year-old wine is holding up.


GollyGumDrops said...

Sadly I was born in 1968, a realy horrible vintage everywhre. I like to think I made up for it! '69 was way better. I don't have the budget to drink my way through it, but Berry Bros & Rudd have been around long enough to know. Their vintage chartsare here:, and I've always found them really helpful in choosing specific wines as gifts. I think they have a US operation, so give them a go.

John said...

Thanks for the tip, Golly. I'll check them out.

Joe said...

I would go for Hart Davis in Chicago ( I am guessing you were born in 69? So was I - sounds like a neat idea. The problem with a Bordeaux is the cost of such a rare gem is daunting. Port on the other hand, is rather inexpensive and keeps very well. I have never tasted such an old wine (maybe a port from the 70s), so that is the best I can do for you. Auctions are also a neat place to find that stuff, and if you go off the beaten path (i.e. no Latour) you can find some deals. Cheers!

John said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Joe. I've pretty much ruled out Bordeaux and Burgundy, but there are some other interesting options out there. I'll definitely check out Hart Davis.


Brooklynguy said...

Hey John - I know it sounds strange, but I would also look at Wine Commune, the online auction site. You can search for wines by vintage, and you might find something affordable and interesting.

John said...

Great idea, Brooklynguy. I've never used the site, but that may be one of my better options. Thanks for the suggestion.

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