I thought it was a pretty cool thing and would be a fun Christmas present for my parents to be able to display these bottles. So my sister and I decided to buy them a wine rack that year. We found something tasteful and ordered it. It came and we assembled it. We filled it with all their empty bottles and sometime after that, a few full bottles made it to the rack.
I’m not sure where the bottle of Tosti Asti Spumante came from, but when my mom saw it this past weekend as we were helping her pack she said, “Oh. That could be from my wedding!” My parents were married in 1974. However, upon learning it wasn’t German sparkling wine, she decided it couldn’t be their wedding sparkler. Still, the fact that she thought it might be from her wedding, led me to believe this wine might have some age to it.
The sign of age was apparent from the moment I took off the foil; there was a little bit of visible wear around the cork cage. Then, when trying to pull the cork out, I noticed a slight release of pressure as soon as the cork started to move. Not a good sign as this most likely meant the seal wasn’t airtight. The cork took some more finagling, and broke off as I tried to pull it out. But the remaining little bit was easy enough to pry out and then we were at the wine.
Upon a little closer inspection, I noticed that this bottle had the standard government warning and “contains sulfites” disclaimer, two things that became standard practice only in the late ‘80s, so this bottle was probably younger than I had originally thought, but still an interesting find. Moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to try something new (or old). You never know what you might find.