Toasting is a centuries-old tradition for celebrating life’s great moments. Pair the perfect wine to the right occasion with these tips from Swiss watchmaker Baume & Mercier.
Food & Wine
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Don’t Overlook a Young Bottle
A birth is a new beginning. Celebrate youth and vitality with a young bottle of red or white wine. Light and fruity French Beaujolais-Villages are customarily best enjoyed within the first year of production, while pinot grigios and sauvignon blancs are safe picks for white wines that tend not to need a lot of aging. However, thanks to improved technology and tannin management even many traditional reds, like Barolo and Barbaresco, no longer need to be cellared for a decade before drinking.
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Enjoy Wines in the Moment
Pair the gift of a keepsake watch, like the Baume & Mercier Linea, with a lovely young wine for a balance of new and old elements. For new moms, the Linea’s on-trend, two-tone face and interchangeable strap system is feminine, yet functional and adjusts to a new stage of life. Meanwhile the uncork-and-drink quality of a young wine reminds new parents to enjoy and live in the moment—even when times get hectic.
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Get Better With Age
Birthdays are a time for celebrating a personal new year. Choose a wine that has had some time to age and build character, like a Bordeaux. The great bottles from France’s largest winemaking region are produced during warm summers, when grapes get ample sunshine, reaching full maturity and ideal sugar and tannin levels. When served, let the wine open at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Likewise, some white wines, like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, have surprisingly good aging potential.
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Some wines get more interesting over time. Pair a great Bordeaux vintage he’ll want to keep for a while with the gift of a Baume & Mercier Capeland watch. (Some especially good years for Bordeaux were 2005, 2009, and 2010.) Designed for an active lifestyle, the sporty and sophisticated feel of the watch is ideal for a man who’s making career moves and still playing soccer on the weekends. The timeless design, retro accents, and superb craftsmanship will keep it relevant for years to come.
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Uncork Something Old
There is a difference between vintage and nonvintage champagne beyond mere price point. Vintage champagne is produced from higher quality grapes over a longer period of time (on average three years compared to as little as 15 months) and also left to age longer. The results of this painstaking process are greater complexity, more layers, and better aging potential. For a milestone celebration, like a wedding or engagement, always opt for a vintage sparkling wine.
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Fortify a Duo
For good luck, many brides carry with them something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Take inspiration from this wedding tradition with a vintage bottle of port that newlyweds can save for a special occasion (or their last slice of wedding cake) and his-and-hers Clifton series watches from Baume & Mercier. Port is a fortified wine made stronger by its marriage with brandy, giving it incredible aging potential. When served, you’ll want to decant it.
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