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Jul 25, 2009 08:45 PM

Local source for a bottle of any 1959 wine?

My parents married in 1959 and for their fiftieth anniversary, I'd like to give
them a bottle of wine dated 1959. So I'm looking for a bottle of 1959 wine
for under $150 from a shop anywhere in the Bay Area. (Many websites
have such wines but I'd prefer to buy in person.)

Can any of you recommend some Bay Area wine shops that might stock
a 1959 wine costing less than $150?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. That's a high risk proposition, as it is very difficult to be certain the wine is in good condition. I think it would be tough to get anything at your price. I would go with port or Cognac/Armagnac, as a safer pick. Also possibly a good bottle of Scotch.

    K and L has two Armagnac options (special order) at around $500.

    D and M has something in stock at around $350.

    1. That's a nice thought....but you should be aware that...

      The wine WILL be expensive...a Bordeaux wine at K&L or a Riesling at Dee Vines...
      The wine will almost certainly be past its prime. If there's any beauty in the
      wine left, it will last for all of 20 minutes before dying in the glass. That is the
      way these old wines behave. Sorry about that.

      You could buy a bottle of Armagnac or Porto that will still have some of its beauty.

      So it might be best to come up with another idea that conveys the same thoughtfulness or that commemorates 50 years in another special way.

      1. A much cheaper option would be a bottle of Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc, from the original 1959 planted vines. That would leave you plenty of cash for another gift. And the wine would be in good shape for drinking.

        1. [original poster] I have found 1959 bottles for sale online for $140 to $250,
          and I might go that route. But I'd still prefer to buy in person at the low end
          of that range. The quality of the wine is irrelevant because the bottle is strictly
          a gimmick: my parents probably wouldn't even open it and are largely
          indifferent to wine anyway.

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          1. re: squimpster

            While port is generally a good recommendation for older vintages, 1959 was not a great port year (a pity, since it's my birth year). I bought some 1955 port for my parents' 50th anniversary, and it cost a pretty penny, but 1955 was one of the great port vintages of the century, we drank it (actually, I got two bottles, we drank one and I think they still have the other), and it was delicious.

            I think $150 is a lot to spend for a bottle of wine that they will be "indifferent" to. If you're going to buy something they're just going to display, you might be able to find something equally suitable for a lot less.

          2. Rare Wine Co., but their current inventory shows no 1959s.

            Vintage port or Armagnac would be your best bet. 1959 was a great year in Bordeaux, but most of the wines have been going downhill since the 80s. Premier Cru has a half bottle of La Mission Haut-Brion that would might be lovely but it's $1000.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Dee Vine's email newsletter last week had a '59 Sauternes for $500 but it's not on their website: