In wine you’re actually drinking history!
Ok, maybe not with the bottle of Yellow Tail that you just purchased from the grocery store! But as a general rule, red wine needs at least a little time resting in a barrel, and then time in a bottle before it can be released. Very few drinks can boast the beneficial results that are achieved of a well cellared wine. Wines such as Port, Barolo, Amarone, and select Californian reds (to name but a few) can be cellared for 10+ years without even batting an eyelid, and often without making a huge monetary investment.
I’ve just finished a wine review on a bottle of Alvear 1927 Sherry, with a good proportion of the juice used in the bottle dating back to 1927. 1927! You’re drinking juice from 1927!!! Doesn’t that blow your mind!?!?
Let’s also not forget that wine is one of the most historical beverages known to man, with the history of winemaking estimated to date back to between 5,000-6,000BC!