It is easy to choose which college to study at (for those of us who don’t study, we don’t really have a choice, don’t we?). It is easy to choose a career (similar reason as choosing a college). It is easy to choose Valentine’s gift for your wife (just get the most expensive diamond ring you can afford to buy). It is easy to choose baby diapers for your newborn (just pay for the brand your wife decided to get). It is, however, an extremely difficult task to choose a wine that you can keep for twenty years or maybe more, only to be opened and drank on your twentieth wedding anniversary.
If you love wine as much as I do and your newly purchased wine is usually finished within an hour or two, I am sure you had faced this dilemma at some point of your life too : What wine ages well?
As a general rule, always opt for a wine that is high in tannins (only applicable in the case of red wine) or acidity if you intend to keep it for years. Such wine is comparable to a woman in her forties – the flavours might have faded but it had not disappeared. The youth had matured and evolved into a new type of vibrancy and excitement and each taste tingles every sensory organ of yours. Edges softened and she – yes, wine is feminine – is no longer unapproachable and unreachable. Unlike a young girl – I mean, a new bottle of wine, aged wine has the depth and complexity in it that new wines lack. It leaves you amazed and bewildered yet troubled trying to find the perfect word to describe it before giving up because it is simply impossible, and you resorted to quoting John Green that such wine can only be described as stars in a bottle before concluding that no word had been invented by mankind to accurately describe the heavenly orgasmic taste of a bottle of aged wine.
Another rule that a wine lover shall strictly and religiously adhere to when choosing a bottle of wine that shall not be drank for years is that such wine must be of low alcohol level, ideally it shall not exceed 13.5%, the only exception being wines that are extremely acidic or high in tannins. Alcohol not only has an adverse effect on man’s ability to reason but it affects wine’s lifespan too. It is of utmost importance to remember that dry wines that are not preserved with distilled spirits, like a gorgeous young lady who does not know the meaning of kindness and compassion, generally do not last long.
An aspect that is commonly and conveniently forgotten when considering which wine will age well is the sweetness of the wine, due to man’s preference for dry wine. Wine with higher residual sugar, like a woman with a sweet personality can and will always age well.
Now that you know the criteria, gentleman, go get the right anniversary wine for the lady of your life!