Highly loyal readers of this blog might remember that I put together a wedding case of six specially-selected bottles of wine last year for my friends, Andy and Tony, who got married in London last year (they couldn't do that in California right now of course).
I was asked to do something similar a few weeks ago for another couple, and was very happy to repeat the exercise. It takes a bit of time choosing the right wines, but it is such a personal and unusual wedding present that I think we should all be doing it!
The Wines (I used the Wine Society as I often do, because I really like their choice of wines), and chose one wine to be opened on their anniversary for the first 10 years, and then a special one for their 20th anniversary.
Year 0 (2009) - for the honeymoon, champagne of course. I chose Pol Roger pure brut (£35) but can always swap for whatever your favourite is!
Year 1 - (2010) - An organic wine from Chile, making great syrah. Matetic EQ Syrah, San Antonio, 2005 (£15)
Year 2 (2011) - As they got engaged in Pisa, chose a Tuscan red for this year. Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino, 2003 (£29)
Year 3 (2012) - Third anniversary is leather, so chose a Rioja which is often described as strawberries and leather. Roda Reserva, Rioja, £20.
Year 4 (2013) - Olympic Year; English wine... Ridgeview Merrit sparkling wine from Sussex.
Year 5 (2014) - Fifth anniversary is wood!! So has to be a well-oaked wine... a barrel-fermented white Burgundy. Chose a Chablis, at £42 - Chablis Grand Cru Bougros CŰte Bouguerots, Domaine William FŤvre, 2004 (expensive but seriously seriously good!!)
Year 6 (2015) - Wine mentioned in the new Sebastian Faulkes James Bond book!! Ch‚teau Batailley, 2001, Pauillac, £27.
Year 7 (2016) - For something different, a very good port that can be kept until 2030. Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira, 1998, £29.
Year 8 (2017) - Portugese dry wines are getting better and better, so an unusual but hopefully really nice choice. Vertente, Douro, 2004 (Niepoort), £17.
Year 9 (2018) - An amazingly good Napa wine that will drink until at least 2020. Stags Leap SLV Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003, £75.
Year 10 (2019) - Sauternes ages so well, and this was an amazing vintage. Clos Haut Peyraguey, 2001, Sauternes, £39.
Year 20.(2029) Save one that will still be really great in 20 years! So of course has to be a Bordeaux... Chateau La Tour Figeac, Saint Emilion 05 at £48 that looks pretty good aswell!