Think of it as a cultural savings bond: Give parents a bottle of wine from their baby's birth year that will mature along with their child. You'll need the help of a trusted wine merchant or expert to choose a "future," a wine that is likely to age well.

For best results, include a note on how to store the wine (it should be kept in a damp, dark place, such as an unfinished basement, at 55 to 65 degrees and 80 percent humidity). Parents can uncork the bottle for a child's 21st birthday or even for a toast at the child's wedding.


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