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And so the discussion comes full circle! There are valid and


robust arguments for not tying up your hard earned cash or capital in cases of maturing wine, yet the argument is equally convincing for investing and indulging in carefully considered advance purchases.


YOUNG WINES


1. Match robust young wines to big, hearty dishes. As long as the oak is not too 'chunky' the wine and food should match surprisingly well.


2. Decanting is good, but be aware that the second bottle consumed after your meal (doesn't everyone have a second bottle?) will differ considerably in taste.


3. Pour into the largest wine glasses you have, this will help the wine relax and open up and appear less tight and closed.


4. Look for less highly praised vintages; they may lack the concentration of more sought after years, but often drink better and cost less.


Just to finish on the age versus youth theme...


We are all familiar with the phrase 'Youth is wasted on the Young'. I've always struggled to agree with this saying and never more so than today! I am writing this on Election Day and, I suspect, we may see a huge proportion of younger voters galvanised to vote, many for the first time, even though they may have been eligible to do so for quite a few years.


Interesting times – made all the more interesting when observed with a good glass of wine in hand for steadying effect!


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AGED WINES


1. Ask your merchant if they carry any museum stock. If they do, then it will generally come at a higher price than current vintages of your favourite wine.


2. The cost can be balanced against the flexibility of only having to buy a few bottles of mature wine at a time, rather than what can be a relatively high original investment.


3. When buying expensive bottles from a merchant list, make sure you check the condition of each bottle before parting with your money.


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