Post # 1
FI and I are doing a wine box ceremony and need some suggestions on wine to use. Ideally, we’d like to find something that can last up to our 25th wedding anniversary. We don’t like the taste of port and the only recommendation from one store was a bottle that cost $400! Are there any other alternatives you can recommend?
Post # 3
I don’t know what type of wine to recommend for you, but you need to buy a wine that can age. If you buy a bottle of wine from the liquor store and it is standing upright, it will only last about 3 years. I would say look around for wine tastings in your area so you and your FI can find something that both of you like!
Post # 5
This website has a nice chart that might be helpful http://www.cellarnotes.net/howlongtohold.htm
However, most wines you can buy in a store will only last maybe 10 years if they are stored properly (i.e. in a temperature controlled system). And you are probably going to have to spend at least $75, if not more. Cabernet Sauvignon usually ages the best.
What if instead of keeping a bottle for 25 years, you did 10 years and replaced the bottle? And do it again at your 20 year anniversary?
Also, make sure you store your box so the bottle is laying down. The cork needs to be kept moist from the wine or else it will dry out and the wine will either go bad or you will cork the bottle when you open it.
Post # 6
@sweetkate: Thanks, I think we might end up opening up the box on our 10th anniversary and putting in a new bottle of wine and a new set of letters then!