If you're really intent on aging wine for longer than that, your best asset is your wine seller, who can help you identify the elusive and graceful ager. You can also turn to the Internet; Outon likes WineSpectator.com and the "Wine Advocate" website. Or, for a safer bet, try something sweet. Because of their high sugar and alcohol content, "in many, many cases, dessert wines are excellent agers," he says. "They evolve for quite some time before they fall off the other end of their evolutionary plateau and turn to brown goo."
Beth Goulart is a journalist based in Austin, Texas.