I was putting some things in the cellar and thought I might show you my wine stash. I am not a big wine-drinker, and am woefully ignorant of the finer points. But I am lucky to have a few bottles I inherited from my dad. After he died, Mom said, "Take whatever reds you find. I can't drink it."
I also get three bottles every year from Kent at Road 31 Wine Co. (formerly Green Truck Cellars). I know "Cousin Kent" through my friend Karen, and got to help in a very minor way with the harvest a couple of years ago. Kent makes a beautiful Pinot every year that sells out quickly and is featured on the wine lists at some of the best restaurants, including Bouchon.
I save the good stuff for special occasions with people who know good wine. Of my dad's stash, I've opened two in the last 15 years. Both were most excellent.
But both times I wondered if the wine would be vinegar. I have three bottles of the 1971 Chateau Haut-Brion left, a 1973 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Cabernet, and a split of 1959 Chateau Margaux Bordeaux. Do you know wine? What do you think? How long can they last?
I guess there's only one way to really find out, but I'm waiting for more special occasions to do so.