1.) Bordeaux: 2005, 2009 or 2010 vintages These three vintages are heralded by the critics as the best of the decade. Plenty of wines are available in the $50-$100 per bottle range, such as Branaire-Ducru, Cantenac-Brown, Kirwan, Gruaud Larose, Lascombes, d’Armailhac, d’Issan and Giscours. 2.) A mix of Italian reds The wines of only a select few producers in Italy – such as Gaja, Sassicaia and Ornellaia – tend to increase in value over time. But each year’s new-release prices do edge up slightly for the reds of Brunello di Montalcino, Barolo, Barbaresco and the Super Tuscan producers. 3.) A mixed case of Chateauneuf-du-Pape While the high-priced, powerful red blends of Clos des Papes or Beaucastel get all the attention, there are dozens of producers with bottles in the $40-$60 range, pretty much all of them delicious and cellar-worthy. Every other vintage between 2000 and 2011, though, is a sure thing. 4.) A mixed case of California Cabernets Consider producers such as Corison, Seavey, Cade and Cliff Lede, just to name a few. And definitely consider splurging on a couple cult Cabs, which you can find on sites such as WineCommune.com, a site where collectors often sell early and at a loss on wines that will be much more valuable – and drinkable – five to seven years from now. 5.) A mixed case of reds from New Zealand A couple bottles each from Craggy Range, Felton Road, Bell Hill, Dry River, Ata Rangi and Rippon will be solid additions to the wine fridge. 6.) A mixed case of dessert wine: Six Sauternes, six German Rieslings The Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese Rieslings from Germany are a little tougher to track down and a bit more expensive. Thick, viscous and as sugary as pancake syrup, these wines offer unusual excitement and enjoyment . 7.) A mixed case of Burgundy: Six white, six red Check the villages of Mersault, Chassagne-Montrachet and Chablis for the whites .For the reds, there are plenty from the best spots, such as Vosne-Romanée and there are great values to be found in Givry and Gevry-Chambertin, too). 8.) A mixed case of vintage Champagne Vintage Champagnes keep much of their fizz, and develop nutty, dried-fruit flavors as they age. Great years include 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002. Pommery, De Venoge, De Sousa, Mumm, Henriot and Taittinger are good choices. Don’t overlook Veuve Clicquot’s vintage bottles, in a different league from the regular yellow label. 9.) A mixed case of Single Quinta Vintage Ports Port’s not for everyone, and definitely only for special occasions, but it ages as few other wines can, hitting peak form at about 20 years. Popular Port houses are Dow’s, Ramos Pinto and Taylor Fladgate.]]>
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