Saturday, 13 February 2016

Rekindling an old Tradition.


My son Kimbo is a generous soul, and prioritises his sons futures.

He recently invested in some wine for them. He bought a case for each of them from their birth year vintage, and has laid them down for their twenty-first birthdays.


The wines were very carefully chosen by a renowned wine expert, and are expected to be perfect for when the time comes to pull their corks.

Both Harvey J and Ollie have each signed one bottle from each case, and are very proud of their burgeoning wine cellars.

                                                       

Harvey J has a case of Chateau Grandis (Haut-Médoc) 2006, and Ollie has a case of Chateau Grand Village (Bordeaux Superieur) 2007.

The buying of fine wines for one's children used to be a more regular practice, but I haven't heard of people doing it much recently. It's a tradition that needs re-establishing.


42 comments:

  1. Erm hic ,I could not agree more, start em young :)

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    1. They've got a long time to wait; 14/15 years yet!

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  2. When my brother turned 21 all his mates at his party signed their names on a champagne bottle which he said he will open when his first child turns 21. He had his first and only child (son) when he was 40 and when his son turned 21 he (my brother) invited all his old mates too to his son's 21st party - but they could not get round to open that bottle. The bottle still remains uncorked!
    You have lovely grandchildren! Greetings Maria x

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    1. Well done to your brother for keeping it unopened for all that time. I have one or two bottles in my collection that are NEVER to be opened; they're worth more that way.

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  3. Not a custom I'm familiar with but it sounds a lovely one.

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    1. It's one worth following; if you have young grandsons/daughters around.

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  4. Wine is lucky to last 24 hours unopened in this house!!

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    1. Unfortunately I have wines that I've kept far TOO long, and they're now undrinkable.

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  5. I think that this is a lovely idea.
    Arilx

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  6. Wine and I don't mix Cro since my medication forbids it. The farmer only drinks white wine as red upsets him. So any talking of wine goes right over our heads I am afraid.

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    1. It's usually the other way round; white gives people a headache, whereas red doesn't.

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  7. I could buy some for Louis and then hope that he still doesn't like the stuff so that he gifts it back to Mama!!x

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  8. We were on holiday in France just after my son was born (he is now 30) and someone suggested we buy him some wine. Not being posh or rich we only bought one bottle of red something that was recommended to us...and of course, we didn't store it properly, so on his 21st, a friend who does know about wine looked at in horror and said we had ruined a good bottle and it was probably now vinegar!
    C'est la vie.

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    1. I've got a few of those in my 'cellar'.

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  9. Oh, I love that custom. I wish I had known about it when my grandchildren were born.

    My daughter gave her dad a very expensive bottle of fine wine to be used for a special occasion. This happened about ten years ago and the bottle still remains unopened. We have had many special occasions but he found out the wine keeps increasing in value as the years go by and enjoys that thought more than wanting to taste it. I disagree, as it was a gift to be used and life is too short to put the good things off.

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    1. My father left a few bottles when he died. I opened a bottle of 1936 Port for his wake, and it was OFF. Shame.

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  10. Time in a bottle. Sweet cutiepies.

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    1. They do seem very contented, don't you think?

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  11. Such a billiant thing to do. My Dad laid down a case of port when our son was born. I also have quite a few bottles of my Dad's wine that my sister and I shared after he died. You can see that many are probably undrinkable but the labels are beautiful !! We bought some Marilyn Monroe wine on recommendation from a lovely resturant in California ..... I see that they are worth a bit now. We bought a couple of bottles for my Dad but he drank them !!!!! XXXX

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    1. Port is probably a better idea as it's more likely to remain drinkable. I think I might follow Kimbo's initiative a buy some Port for them.

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  12. Those boys look do much older all of a sudden.

    The way time flies, you'll be opening those bottles before you know it!

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  13. I find it hard enough to wait just one year for fresh made wine to mature, let alone 15 years for something that's already good.
    The last batch of elderberry wine I made, I caved in at about 10 months and it got significantly better as I made my way though it all (about 24 bottles). The last bottle was fantastic. Should have waited.

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    1. I've never made elderberry wine. I make elderflower champagne every year; but not quite the same.

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  14. We open the bottles that we buy when a baby is born in his Bar-Mitsva..

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    1. I suppose that's quite similar, in its way. Nice tradition.

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  15. I'm not much of a drinker - a glass of wine with my evening meal, and that's it.
    I know certain wines increase in value over the years, but do find it strange that some of will not be drunk in the buyer's lifetime, and just passed from generation to generation. By the time it's drunk I wonder if the drinker really appreciates it?

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    1. Probably not. The only wines I have which are not for drinking are 'commemorative' wines, made to celebrate some particular occasion.

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  16. Sounds a great tradition to me wish I had thought of it at the birth of our Boy.

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    1. They are very different, but they both want to become astronauts.

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  18. Some customs are well worth continuing. The boys look delighted with their bottles. Good looking boys, growing up fast!

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    1. I hope they resist the urge to taste a few.

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  19. A very good tradition, Cro. The French husband of my sister is a wine-merchant - and he thoughtfully gave a few bottles of fine wine for our son. Who is grown up now and shared his happiness with us and friends.

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    1. How very wise of your sister to marry a wine merchant. And how lucky for your son!

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