What does vintage wine really mean and what does it mean to give it as a gift?
It seems obvious but no, not everyone really knows it, because it is not easy to disrupt the concept of a wine to be tasted that we are all generally used to.
The vintage wines, of which we at Grandibottiglie.com have been specialists for 15 years, are first and foremost real antiques, collector's works, and only later, perhaps, wines intended as a tasting product .
Because maybe? Because it is very important to clarify that wine is an absolutely natural product, subject to an enormous quantity of variables that influence the body with the passage of time and it is for this reason that, with regard to vintage wine bottles with maybe 30, 40, 50 years and older, it is never possible to guarantee its drinkability.
Despite this you buy and sell the same, even if you are not sure that you can drink and, among other things, some even paying a high price!
Do you know why?
Because vintage wines are first and foremost an important collector's item, a prestigious and exciting thought for a wine lover, a surprising and exciting gift for those who, on his 50th birthday, open a personalized wine box with a prestigious bottle of wine of his own birth date, perhaps from a prestigious producer.
It is mainly a wine to collect, to be proudly displayed on a beautiful pedestal that enhances its importance.
But not only that, a vintage bottle can be a great gift on the occasion of any important event such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, corporate gifts and absolutely special occasions, perhaps accompanied by personalized wine accessories that make even more exclusive the gift designed for the person for whom it is intended.
Wine is usually a thought that is brought to the dinners to which one is invited, which is discovered on special occasions or with special people. How many times have you wondered "but what wine can I give to that person who knows what?" Or, "what can I give to the original and new, what do you expect?"
The point is that a vintage wine bottle was never your answer, right or not? Well know that instead it is a great answer!
Giving a bottle of vintage wine is a much more exciting gesture than you think because it contains within it memories, emotions, feelings and memories of a time that has now passed, spent, is far and distant from us, regardless of the fact that the person in question is passionate about wine or not or that the bottle is actually drinkable.
I remember that at the age of 60 of my dad, who I wouldn't really say about wine, I really didn't know what to buy and I decided to give him a bottle of wine from his same year of birth contained in a personalized wooden wine box , on which I had laser engraved a special dedication.
Vintage wines ... we all know what it really means to have a vintage wine in your hands?
Precisely because he was never a wine lover I had doubts until the last moment, but then I had the surprise of his reaction: after moments of real surprise, he was moved. Not for my gift, not because I had chosen a particular wine, but because that 60-year-old label had brought back memories and emotions that he had already forgotten!
Do you think the bottle was ever opened and drunk? Absolutely not, it is still there today on that beautiful pedestal proudly displayed on the fireplace and told to the guests of the house when they see it.
This is not to say that a bottle of aged wine cannot or should never be opened and drunk, on the contrary, but simply that it must be cleared through customs, dissociated from the concept of wine that can be tasted and used to interpret it as what it actually is : an important collector's item that is above all a vehicle of memories, memories and prestige, an exciting and emotional gift, made even more valuable by the importance of the producer or the type of wine.
In short, perhaps it will not be good to drink but certainly it is a vehicle of emotion and feelings, which unlike wine do not drink but do not even end up poured into the last glass.