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Hi all,

I've been appointed by a group of friends to find a wine to accompany a larger wedding gift. We would like to give a bottle of wine for the newlyweds to drink on their first anniversary (mid-2008). I am still in the phase where I buy wine to drink that night so I know little to nothing about buying a wine for a year in advance.

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Just some guidelines: we are looking to spend $55 (including taxes and shipping), so the bottle will probably run $30-38; will be shipping across state lines so hopefully the wine will be available from an online vendor.

As far as what the couple likes, I know they drink a lot of California pinot. But I think they are adventurous and willing to try new things.

I heard that 2004 Bordeaux is a safe bet. Any advice?

Thank you!

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  1. Champagne is always nice for an anniversary. How about the Veuve Clicquot yellow label for around $35 (or less if you can luck into a sale.) It is a nice choice in that price range, and champagne goes with most food as well as on its own.

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    1. re: scrappydog

      In that same price range, if you're going for the champagne, I prefer Deutz Brut NV to Veuve.

      If they drink California Pinots I wouldn't necessarily assume they'd go for Bordeaux. Whole different ballpark. Plus, 2008 would be too early to enjoy the 2004s.

      If you're looking for something a little different, Ken Wright is making some great Pinots in Oregon in that price range.

      1. re: oolah

        while I like both the Veuve and Deutz, how about some Diebolt-Vallois, Chartogne-Taillet, Duval LeRoy, Gaston-Chiquet? The suggestion, below, of Nicky F is good as well. La Salle is another option

    2. I could not agree more with the recommendation of the Ken Wright Pinot Noirs. I have several in my collection and I am never dissappointed.

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      1. re: chickstein

        ...or Chehalem.

        Champagne-wise, the delicious Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose is $28 at Wine Library dot com, and makes an extremely festive gift!

        1. re: chickstein

          just had the '05 Guadalupe Vyd last week and it was predictably terrific although I did decant it. BTW - he has a new or 2d label, Tyrus Evans. have had the "claret" and cab franc and enjoyed both. Dom Drouhin is in the same price range and I have always enjoyed that as well.

          1. re: ibstatguy

            I will have to look for the Tyrus Evans. I have some 97 and 99 Guadalupe.

            1. re: chickstein

              You also have to consider where you are mailing the wine. Some states (especially MD and FL) have very draconian laws about importation of wine. Others have just mildly stupid ones. However, in any case, it is best to know what is, and is not, permitted.