Wineducation: Age it or Drink it?

One of the perks of my love of wine is that people gift me bottles for most any occasion, dinner parties, birthdays, and the Christmas holidays have all added a nice selection to my wine rack (if only there could be more reasons).  With all these beautiful bottles of wine comes the lingering question if whether some of the higher end bottles we should drink right away, as in, “Thank you for this…now let’s pop the cork of this bad boy,” or be saved as in, “Thank you, we will save this lovely bottle for a special occasion.”


So before I reach the bottom of my wine rack and have delightfully devoured every single bottle, I thought it was high time I figured out how to tell the difference between a bottle meant to be enjoyed “young” (meaning: it was vinted with the intention to be poured right away) or when to cellar a bottle (meaning: allow that bottle to shine by giving it time).


My “age it or drink it” quest was not a lengthy process, thanks to the abundance of wine blogs and news sources available by dancing our fingers across the keyboard these days, I found a site that answered my questions (and that I will be revisiting for future wine inquiries as well), Wine Folly dot com.


In the article, Is it Worth Cellaring, by Justin Hammack, the mystery of whether a wine is destined to age well is easily explained. Hammack let’s his readers know right out of the gate that 99% of wines are NOT created to be aged, thanks to a handy-dandy finish learning if you should "age it or drink it," please visit my blog here: A Middle-Class Mama's Wine Review

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