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1963 Wine and Port Gifts | 60 Year Old Wine Gifts

1963 Wine and Port Gifts

If you were born in 1963 or have a significant anniversary in that year then the good news is that the Port industry produced a legendary Vintage Port against which all others are compared. Beyond Port there are some Armgnacs and Maderias that are good but, for wines, 1963 was the year of the big freeze across much of northern Europe. This severely affected production in France, Italy Germany and other wine producing nations. The small amounts of that were produced were for early drinking, at best.

Vintage Port: 1963 vintage ports are the benchmark against which others are compared: the Vintage is considered to be legendary. The perfect 60 year old wine gift for a birthday or anniversary, anyone born in 1963 has a wine for life. Cockburn, Croft, Dow, Fonseca, Graham, Quinta do Noval Nacional, Taylor and Warre all stand out amongst a uniformly excellent field of producers. The combination of a near-perfect growing season and temperate weather during the harvest made for this incredible vintage - nearly all the shippers produced supremely balanced and well-structured wines for a full-on declaration. Ports from this year never fail to impress with their essential three components of fruit, tannin and elegance. Aging supremely and retaining their youth, these ports often appear to be younger than they actually are!

Italian: The 1963 vintage was a poor one for Italian wines which were deeply affected by Poor weather

Bordeaux: 1963 vintage was a poor one for French wines which suffered greatly from Poor weather.

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1963 Wine and Port Gift Suggestions

An introduction to the legendary 1963 vintage and gift recommendations - by Andrew White.