For four years running we’ve provided a little “cheat sheet” about the arcane world of wine vintages, our goal being to give you something you can stick in your wallet or purse and whip out (or check out discreetly) when faced with an overwhelming wine list.
As always, here’s how to use the cheat sheet: Only the last two digits of a year are included to save space, and the list only rarely reaches back into the pre-WWII era, so assume anything you see starting with a zero to be from this century.
All years listed here are considered good to great vintages, but those in green with underlining are the cream of the crop, “classic” years that you should consider the very best on the market. (Why green and underlined? So you can tell the difference whether you use a color or black & white printer.)
Check back next October for the next revision of the cheat sheet!
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