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Jun 3, 2010 03:04 PM

Wedding Present: Need help selecting momentous wines

Hello all: I am new to the board and need some help with a very personal wedding present for my brother and his soon-to-be wife. I am looking to do a personal wedding gift for them. They are big wine lovers so I have ordered a custom-engraved 6-bottle wine crate. They prefer red wines over white. I have to pick 6 bottles of wine to represent the following categories:

1. First fight - looking for something tense/hot
2. First Christmas - something festive/holiday feel
3. First yr anniversary: a celebration of the past and present
4. first house (future is bright, celebrate accomplishments)
5. Birth of their first baby
6. 25 yr anniversary

I am trying to pick wines that represent and reflect how one would feel at this momentous time throughout one's marriage. I also need to pick wines that will be able to be stored and opened in the future, i.e. 25 yr anniversary!

Any advice would be helpful as I am just learning about all the different kinds of wines. My price range is anywhere from $50 - $150 per bottle. But I will spend up to $300 for one of the big occasions.

Thank you for all your help and advice!!

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    1. First fight - Dominio IV "Love Lies Bleeding" Pinot Noir, Dundee HIlls, Oregon
      First anniversary - Domaine La Barroche "Fiancee" Chateauneuf du Pape - old vine grenache & young vine syrah
      First birth - Domaine La Barroche "Pure" Chateauneuf du Pape - 100% old vine grenache

      1. I'm not currently able to type out a long response, but I will!