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.
Well done Kimbo.ReplyDelete
Well done indeed.Delete
Erm hic ,I could not agree more, start em young :)ReplyDelete
They've got a long time to wait; 14/15 years yet!Delete
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!ReplyDelete
You have lovely grandchildren! Greetings Maria x
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.Delete
Not a custom I'm familiar with but it sounds a lovely one.ReplyDelete
It's one worth following; if you have young grandsons/daughters around.Delete
Wine is lucky to last 24 hours unopened in this house!!ReplyDelete
Unfortunately I have wines that I've kept far TOO long, and they're now undrinkable.Delete
I think that this is a lovely idea.ReplyDelete
Me too, Aril.Delete
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.ReplyDelete
It's usually the other way round; white gives people a headache, whereas red doesn't.Delete
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!!xReplyDelete
Now there's a good idea!Delete
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!ReplyDelete
C'est la vie.
I've got a few of those in my 'cellar'.Delete
The boys are happy.Delete
Oh, I love that custom. I wish I had known about it when my grandchildren were born.ReplyDelete
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.
My father left a few bottles when he died. I opened a bottle of 1936 Port for his wake, and it was OFF. Shame.Delete
Time in a bottle. Sweet cutiepies.ReplyDelete
They do seem very contented, don't you think?Delete
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 !!!!! XXXXReplyDelete
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.Delete
Those boys look do much older all of a sudden.ReplyDelete
The way time flies, you'll be opening those bottles before you know it!
Not too soon I hope.Delete
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.ReplyDelete
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.
I've never made elderberry wine. I make elderflower champagne every year; but not quite the same.Delete
We open the bottles that we buy when a baby is born in his Bar-Mitsva..ReplyDelete
I suppose that's quite similar, in its way. Nice tradition.Delete
I'm not much of a drinker - a glass of wine with my evening meal, and that's it.ReplyDelete
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?
Probably not. The only wines I have which are not for drinking are 'commemorative' wines, made to celebrate some particular occasion.Delete
Sounds a great tradition to me wish I had thought of it at the birth of our Boy.ReplyDelete
Me too, Lilbitbrit.Delete
They have different looks.ReplyDelete
They are very different, but they both want to become astronauts.Delete
Some customs are well worth continuing. The boys look delighted with their bottles. Good looking boys, growing up fast!ReplyDelete
I hope they resist the urge to taste a few.Delete
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.ReplyDelete
How very wise of your sister to marry a wine merchant. And how lucky for your son!Delete