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Vintage Port Newbie

bulldogx2 | Apr 27, 2010 04:46 PM

I would like to buy and put down a vintage port or two, but I don't have a cellar, wine fridge, etc. I keep most of my bottles in a cool, dark closet in the house. While I drink a fair amount of wine, I generally don't hold onto bottles very long or have much of a collection. I've held a few special bottles for 4 or 5 years with no ill effects, but I drink most of what I buy within a few weeks of purchase.

Will that work for vintage port which I will probably be keeping 20, 30 years ? Just curious. It's not going to break me to buy a couple of bottles, so it's worth a try - just thought I'd see what others have experienced. Of course, I may get better storage in the future when I have more room ....

Another thought - I see a fair number of half bottles of vintage port. Buying two or four half bottles would give me some diversity for pretty similar price as one or two whole bottles. Is there any difference in the aging characteristics of a whole bottle vs. a half bottle ? I'm not even sure what I think the difference would be, just thought I would ask if there's a reason to go for the whole rather than the half.

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