We asked a dozen-plus of the city's top sommeliers to share their picks with us for some very specific scenarios...including which bottles you should give your niece to open when she turns 19.
A friend has cobbled $75 together and wants to buy his five-year-old niece a bottle of wine that will be showing well on her 19th birthday. What do you recommend?
Villa Bucci Verdicchio Classico Riserva ($65)
Bucci is the undisputed king of the verdicchio grape, and I recently had the opportunity to taste several bottles of this wine from the mid-1990s. Unicorn tears.—Kelcie Jones, Chambar
Trimbach “Cuvée Frédéric Émile” 2008 ($77)
A cheat! One of the truly great white wines of the world—the fact that this is still under $100 at the current rate of wine commodification is absurd to me. I once asked an internationally renowned riesling producer, “When should I drink this?” The reply? “Before you die.”—Keiran Fanning, Pepino's
Cagliero Ravera 2012 ($65) and Aldo Conterno Barolo “Bussia” 2013 ($139)
Barolo is a great bet that stands the test of time and rewards patience, so Cagliero Ravera 2012. He’d also be my favourite uncle if he doubled his budget and stashed away a bottle of Aldo Conterno Barolo “Bussia” 2013 (worth every penny).—Mireille Sauvé, Wine Umbrella