Cheers to that: Buying birth year wines for kids

Posted by Erica Noonan  July 14, 2010 09:53 AM

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Check out this entry from one of my favorite wine blogs, Vinography, which discusses how and why you should choose wines from your child's birth year to lay down and enjoy together when he/she turns 21 (or at least gets out of diapers.)

This is an option available for all of us who like wine, and would like to start a little cellar in the cellar, but don't have much free cash or wine know-how.

Editor and founder Alder Yarrow writes:

At two years old, my daughter is already pronouncing her judgement on wines. She does this in one of two ways. She either takes a long sniff in the glass, or she puts her finger into the neck of the bottle, twirls it around and then sticks it in her mouth while putting on a thoughtful expression. Her assessments currently consist of "dis one good" or "no like." Which means she already knows most of what she needs to be a competent wine drinker.

As you might expect, I have a fantasy of opening some great bottles to share with her when she officially turns 21. She will, of course, be drinking wine long before that in the security of our home and with our supervision. But my hope is that by the time she's 21, she will not only be interested in drinking wine, but be able to tell the really good stuff from all the rest.

Which is why I'm about to start buying some "birth year" wine for her. She was born in 2008, and some of those wines are starting to hit the market now, especially the whites and the Pinot Noirs.

The question, though, is what to buy?

Until the day care bills stop, I can't afford much, but some reasonably priced 2004 and 2006 vintages, probably aren't out of the question. (Anyone have any suggestions?)

Vineography commenters make some good points: get something you like to drink because your kid may grow up to hate wine; 20 years of storage can damage a bottle, so be ready for the uncorking to be a bust; and for heaven's sake, try not to open the bottle prematurely when your child drives you bonkers.

All in all, it sounds like a nice tradition to get started.

Did you buy a special bottle from your child's birth year? Which vintage did you choose? Did your parents do the same? Leave us a comment, or drop an email to

(And don't forget to read the rest of Yarrow's entry here)

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Erica Noonan is chief of the Globe West bureau. Before joining the Globe in 2000, she worked for the Associated Press in Boston. Raised in Wellesley, she has a master's degree in political communication from Emerson College and a BA in political science from Trinity University in San Antonio. She lives in Natick with two energetic children: Dennis, 6, and Lila, 4.

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