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My Uncle in Rome Died & Left Expensive Wine

by Maurizio
(Switzerland, Italy and USA)

Recently my zio (uncle)in Rome died and left me thirty-five bottles of some very expensive wine including some Brunello wine dating back many decades and including some of the best Brunello vintage years including 1988 and 1990.

I don't have a cellar at home or anywhere to really store them. Do you have any suggestions as to how I should store these wines or should I just drink them or sell them :-)

Andrew's reply:

I am sorry to hear about your uncle passing away. He must have really been a fellow who loved and knew his wine. It seems a shame that he never got the chance to drink this collection.

Regarding your dilemma (nice one to have) about what to do with them; Well I can never advice again drinking good wine but if you do decide to drink them please be sure to invite me around. Those Brunello vintages you mention are some of the best ever so I'll be more than happy to empty out a bottle or two for you.

I have a feeling though that you'll really be wanting a special occasion before you do open any of the bottles. And occasions that justify opening wine as good as these are few and far between so I suspect you might be keeping these wines for a long time.

If you are going to keep them, and you don't intend to build a wine cellar, then I would suggest you get yourself a wine cellar refrigerator.

The wines you have though are the absolute top so maybe have a look at the this type of wine cellar could work for you.

Do I earn a bottle for my advice? If I do let me know and I'll give you the address to ship it to.

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