Originally posted by Javrixx:
Hello, I'm basically brand new to wine.
So this is what I need help with... I'm recently engaged and the wedding is set for September 2010. I want to do something pretty special for my future wife/fiance. A champagne that we will open on our wedding day
I'm thinking this is what is most important. As others have mentioned, your thinking too far out and your budget will have changed dramatically over the years. If you want to do something "special", then I would suggest taking your $400 and sourcing a bottle of Krug champagne for your wedding day, just for the two of you. As you are "new" to wine, this may seem like a small fortune for one bottle, but something "very special" that you will be able to reflect on as you gain further appreciation for wine. But beware, you will have set the bar very high for yourself; Krug is more than a champagne, it's an experience!