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Drinking Clever: How to Select Wine for Aging

Posted by Rich Norton on

We get this question on a regular basis from our WineforaWedding customers who are looking to source their wine locally. The best advice we can give is to consult a professional at your local wine shop or winery. In order to ensure the wines available on our site could age for the proper amounts of time we went straight to the guys and gals making the wine at Mount Pleasant Estates Winery. When in doubt, ask an expert!

With the incredible amount of wine options available in today’s market, it isn’t possible to give a quick and specific answer. Instead, we would like to offer some tips to use as a rule of thumb. The ability of a wine to age varies greatly by variety, vintage and vintner.

General Wine Selection Tips:

  • Red wines will age better than whites.
  • Whites typically age for 0-3 years.
  • Reds will typically age well for 0-10 years.
  • Other wines such as vintage ports have the ability to age for decades.

There are exceptions, which is why we recommend speaking with someone knowledgeable and familiar with the wine available in your area. Also, all of the timeframes are based on proper storage techniques and temperature. We won’t get into here but you can learn about it in our blog post 6 Tips to Properly Store Wine.

AGING POTENTIAL CHART
Hopefully this will give you a starting point on your quest for age worthy wine.

Cheers!


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