For five years we’ve been offering this fun little freebie: A chart that tells you which years are good, which are great, and which are lesser in the world of wine. Just print it out (it’s best if you have a color printer but works either way), fold it into threes, and stick into your purse or wallet next to the cash you’re wondering whether you should spend on that hot bottle of vino.
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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