The problem with wine is its immediacy. Not in its production, of course—there’s nothing immediate about growing grapes and making fine wine. It’s the consumption of wine that always feels bittersweet. Think about it: You’ve been saving a special bottle for years, maybe even decades, waiting for that perfect moment to pop the cork. That line of thinking alone will make your eye twitch. You’ll find yourself questioning if the moment is really the right moment to open that revered vintage in your cellar. Savoring a world-class Bordeaux or Burgundy should not be saddled with melancholic feelings, but often it is. Let’s face it, once you open a bottle you can never go back. Or can you?