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#1 Post by J a y H a c k » August 3rd, 2018, 8:25 am

Seems like an appropriate question since everyone wants to talk about bottles that they have received. After all, since "what would Jesus say/do/drive/think" is almost as ubiquitous as "what would Chuck Norris say/do/drive/think," the answer is supposedly "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

I donated X to charity doesn't count. Why? Because this is my thread. You want to start a thread on "What's the best wine you ever donated to charity?" Go right ahead. I can play that game too.

It's actually a tough question for me since I give a wine refrigerator and bottles of wines to relatives as wedding presents and I do not always remember what I gave. However, a bottle of 2006 Comtes de Champagne sticks out. My son asked me if I had an "extra" bottle of wine because he needed to give a bottle as a gift to a friend who had done a big favor for my daughter-in-law. I asked him what the price point was and he said it was my wine so I should decide. I told him that I had more wine than I expected to drink for the rest of my life, so I explained that he was not giving away my wine. He was giving away his inheritance. I then settled on the Comtes.

I think I also gave away one of my bottles of 2007 Saxum James Berry Vineyard, which was the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year, to a friend.
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#2 Post by David Glasser » August 3rd, 2018, 9:04 am

Must be one of the following:

1994 Sine Qua Non Queen of Spades
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#3 Post by robert creth » August 3rd, 2018, 9:23 am

Since I only give wines that I own and like, I can answer with the ones I have received the most effusive thanks for when they were opened. Dirty and Rowdy’s Mourvèdres get raves from all I have gifted. Those and Ultramarine sparklers.

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#4 Post by H Wallace Jr » August 3rd, 2018, 9:46 am

robert creth wrote:Since I only give wines that I own and like, I can answer with the ones I have received the most effusive thanks for when they were opened. Dirty and Rowdy’s Mourvèdres get raves from all I have gifted. Those and Ultramarine sparklers.
Thank you, Robert!

My best regular / current release gifts are almost always Ultramarine. 2nd to that, Enfield Cab (2013) and various L'Anglore.
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#5 Post by ERPark » August 3rd, 2018, 10:12 am

Putting aside bottles that were presents to someone on behalf of a few people (e.g. '96 Salon and a multi-pack of various Jacques Selosse bottlings), the best bottle that was 100% a gift from me was actually a Pappy Van Winkle 15 year bottled in 2015.
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#6 Post by Jud Reis » August 3rd, 2018, 1:44 pm

My brothers and I chipped in to get my Dad a 42 LDH Bosconia and Tondonia for his 75th birthday (his birth year). The Tondonia was toast, but the Bosconia was still drinking beautifully.

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#7 Post by Michael Manix » August 3rd, 2018, 2:09 pm

I have never gifted an expensive bottle of wine.

A gave a bottle of a Wine Spectator "Wine of the Year" to a friend at his birthday dinner at a Boston bar. With a copy of the magazine. I thought it would be a cool gift to a non wine geek. I am pretty sure it was Cinq Cepages (Sp?).

The bottle and his wife both face planted on the sidewalk outside the bar. She survived. The bottle did not.

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#8 Post by K John Joseph » August 3rd, 2018, 2:30 pm

I've opened many special bottles with people I love as thank yous for various things they've done. For pure gifts, I've given a bunch of good bottles of champagne to people on the birth of a child or to celebrate a job change. That's mostly $50-60 bottles of bubbly. I've given $250 bottles of scotch to some close friends on the day of their wedding. But I think the one I like most is having a close law school friend tell me he was going to propose to his girlfriend and wanted help choosing a bottle off a list. They had a solid Vieux Telegraph Le Crau in his price point that would be drinking well and a wine they'd both like. He thanked me and wrote it down.

I called the restaurant, bought the bottle ahead of time and a half bottle of Krug. When they sat down the wine service was prepared and covered. That is the most fun wine gift I've ever given. I've given my dad better bottles, older bordeaux, some nice burgundy, etc. I found some old Belle Epoque from the 70s for my mom one time and she still has the bottle. But getting to be a part of a good friends engagement dinner was very special to me and, I hope, him.
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#9 Post by Carlos Delpin » August 3rd, 2018, 3:16 pm

1961 Margaux for a friend’s 55th birthday.

1990 Krug for a friend’s anniversary.

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#10 Post by Joe B » August 3rd, 2018, 3:22 pm

Last year I gave my sister
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#11 Post by Howard Cooper » August 3rd, 2018, 4:23 pm

67 Petrus and 80 DRC Grands Echezeaux. Gave them years ago to my father for birthday presents.
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#12 Post by c fu » August 3rd, 2018, 4:27 pm

ERPark wrote:Putting aside bottles that were presents to someone on behalf of a few people (e.g. '96 Salon and a multi-pack of various Jacques Selosse bottlings), the best bottle that was 100% a gift from me was actually a Pappy Van Winkle 15 year bottled in 2015.
got you beat, gave a pappy 20 2011 as a bday gift to a friend who liked whiskey. He kept it under his sink, didn't care for "american whiskey" and kept drinking his Lagvulin 16. A few years later a friend of his came over, saw the pappy and almost drank the whole bottle.
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#13 Post by Dan Kravitz » August 3rd, 2018, 4:52 pm

I've given away three bottles of '82 Petrus:
1 wedding
1 wake
1 50th Anniversary

Also in the distant past some really great Tokaji from the '60s.

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#14 Post by Mike Maguire » August 3rd, 2018, 5:20 pm

Does this count, a case of birth year wines for my 3 boys and 6 grand baby’s.All contain Bordeaux, Sauternes , Barolo and ports plus some other special wines.

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#15 Post by AAgrawal » August 3rd, 2018, 5:27 pm

Magnum of '95 Leoville Poyferre.
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#16 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » August 3rd, 2018, 6:16 pm

Howard Cooper wrote:67 Petrus and 80 DRC Grands Echezeaux. Gave them years ago to my father for birthday presents.
I gave my Dad most of my 100-point 2007 Chateauneuf du Papes. Best gift ever: I got to unload the crap, Pops loved them!

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#17 Post by Scott G r u n e r » August 3rd, 2018, 6:23 pm

1966 Dow Vintage Port for a friends birthyear bday, couple of sqn eba for other friends 40 or 50 birthdays.
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#18 Post by Andrew Demaree » August 3rd, 2018, 6:43 pm

1997 Montelena to my Dad, for his retirement.

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#19 Post by jon leifer » August 3rd, 2018, 6:46 pm

in no particular order, 1985 Monsanto Il Poggio, 1994 Mondavi Res Cab, 1987 Dominus, Dom Perignon and Ornellaia..don't remember the vintages re the last 2.
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#20 Post by jon leifer » August 3rd, 2018, 6:49 pm

Andrew: looks like the 97 Montelena was meant to be a great retirememt gift..When I retired, my staff chipped in and gave me a case of the 97 Montelena as a retirement present
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#21 Post by Andrew Demaree » August 3rd, 2018, 6:56 pm

That’s fantastic. They must’ve thought very highly of you!

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#22 Post by NED VALOIS » August 3rd, 2018, 7:08 pm

Pappy 20
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#23 Post by P. ONeill » August 3rd, 2018, 9:45 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
I gave my Dad most of my 100-point 2007 Chateauneuf du Papes. Best gift ever: I got to unload the crap, Pops loved them!
Very funny. If my dad lived in the same country as me I suspect I would have done the same, with equal results.

I bought a small batch of 67 Latour about 12 years ago in anticipation of a milestone birthday (still have one left!) and gave one to a good friend for his birthday.
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#24 Post by ERPark » August 3rd, 2018, 11:19 pm

c fu wrote:
ERPark wrote:Putting aside bottles that were presents to someone on behalf of a few people (e.g. '96 Salon and a multi-pack of various Jacques Selosse bottlings), the best bottle that was 100% a gift from me was actually a Pappy Van Winkle 15 year bottled in 2015.
got you beat, gave a pappy 20 2011 as a bday gift to a friend who liked whiskey. He kept it under his sink, didn't care for "american whiskey" and kept drinking his Lagvulin 16. A few years later a friend of his came over, saw the pappy and almost drank the whole bottle.
Stitzel-Weller Pappy 20 juice? Should've given him a sixer of Lagavullin 16 instead!
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#25 Post by J a y H a c k » August 4th, 2018, 4:30 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
Howard Cooper wrote:67 Petrus and 80 DRC Grands Echezeaux. Gave them years ago to my father for birthday presents.
I gave my Dad most of my 100-point 2007 Chateauneuf du Papes. Best gift ever: I got to unload the crap, Pops loved them!
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#26 Post by Bill Sweeney » August 4th, 2018, 5:08 am

Leroy Beaux Monts 1990 tp my son in law

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#27 Post by cjsavino » August 4th, 2018, 7:40 am

Did this a couple times with my brother. We were sharing a beach house in celebrating our wedding anniversaries. He was married in 1979 I provided a ‘79 Pichon Lalande. Second time when he and his wife turned 60, we were at our house and shared a 1955 Taylor Fladgate port.
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#28 Post by jon leifer » August 4th, 2018, 7:49 am

Andrew wrote: That’s fantastic. They must’ve thought very highly of you!

Well, they still invite me to the annual XMas party > 15 yrs later..Of course, there are fewer and fewer familar faces with the passing of the years..but it was a great place to work at and great people to work with. I still get together 3-4x/year with one of the doctors that I used to work with..to drink wines, BS about the old days..and we also buy wines together..plus we have an annual cull party to thin out his cellar.
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#29 Post by Blake Brown » August 4th, 2018, 8:24 am

Adding a second one here as I was just gifted 1993 Chateau Musar Gaston Hochar yesterday.
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#30 Post by Richard Albert » August 4th, 2018, 8:39 am

1997 Screaming Eagle for a 50th, 15 years ago; hand delivered it in Charlotte.
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#31 Post by Mark Golodetz » August 4th, 2018, 3:33 pm

Negotiant bottling of La Mission 1950 for a friend’s 60th.
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#32 Post by Larry G0ld3n » August 4th, 2018, 9:32 pm

3 bottles that I’ve gifted come to mind:
2012 Cayuse Bionic Frog to a friend in a trade who promptly sold it for big $.
2005 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Blend - Birthday gift tonight chef/restaurant owner who will appreciate it.
2007 Valdicava Brunello to a friend who checked on it longingly every time he visited. And shared it graciously.
2006 Alban Reva Syrah, several bottles to various friends over the years.

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#33 Post by Eric Egan » August 5th, 2018, 12:54 am

A few '54 Madeiras and Riojas to my dad (birth year). I also got him a magnum of '62 Lafite when our kid was born, which he then promptly opened (he said he'd give me an '82 Haut Brion so I thought it would be nice to match the gift), so not sure if that counts.
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