Since I get many queries about tasting older wines, a couple of items that were brought to my attention this week are worth mentioning and passing along.
Beaulieu Vineyard is hosting a tasting of its library wines on Dec. 2 at the winery in Rutherford. It’s an opportunity to taste wines from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, as well as to buy some of those bottles, some of which are being offered in larger formats such as magnums.
It costs $30 and you need to make a reservation by calling the winery.
Another far more expensive way to sample older wines would be to buy some of the old Inglenook Cabernets, from the 1940s to 1960s, which are being auctioned on Dec. 9 in Los Angeles by Bonhams & Butterfields.
These wines won’t be cheap. Expect to pay a couple grand or more per bottle. But if you’re a serious connoisseur who has a few gaps in your tasting experiences, and money is no object, you might either take a run at some of these classics or pool your resources with friends and make a group buy.
Finally, the auction house is holding a pre-auction wine tasting on Thursday, Dec. 7, also in Los Angeles. You need to make reservations to attend that as well and you can find details, as well as an auction catalog, at Bonhams’ Web site.
I know many wineries host open houses and tastings of older wines (some of which you can find on our Web site in our Marketplace section), providing opportunities to taste what you might or might not be missing by not having older wines.