Five Wines for Princeton Graduates

Posted April 15, 2015

WineLibrary Staff


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For you, tt's a precept, not a TA. For you, they're eating clubs, not fraternaties. For you, Darmouth was a safty school. For you, "a little school in New Jersey" is "The best damn place on earth."

Because you're a graduate of Princeton University. Color us impressed. So of course it should go without saying that, since graduation, your taste has matured from Beast to Barolo, and now you're enjoying the finer beverages that this world has to offer. We appreciate that, and so we've picked out a few bottles just for Princeton grads:


If you’re the kind of person who waited until Dean’s Date to turn in all your papers, there are two possible explanations: 1. You’re lazy and have bad time management skills. 2. You appreciate letting something mature to its fullest extent before finalizing it. We’re going to go with #2. So here is a wine that’s had 10 years to wait and mature before running to turn itself in. The 2005 Bentus Rioja clearly demonstrates maturity... just like that Stars for Stoners paper you barely finished.


It was late on a Friday night, you’d had one too many pints of Beast, and you were starving. You stumbled forth toward Hoagie Haven, but before you knew it, you’d left campus by walking through the FitzRandolph Gate… as a Junior. Clearly you were doomed for the rest of your life. As far as we’re concerned, the closest thing on earth to a real-life magic potion is small-prodction grower-Champagne, so take two bottles, hold a seance, and call us in the morning.


Ok, to be fair, having Beast on tap was basically like ambrosia back when you were 21, but now that you’re into wine there is a little part of you that wonders what could have been. The solution here needs to be something delicious, cheap, and easy to share with friends: Boom. Spanish wine. The 2010 Tilenus fits all of your criteria, and all for a price that you won’t mind sharing. On a serious note, though, this is possibly one of the most magnificient $11 wines we've ever come across. 


Beyond the joy of seeing your old campus, and getting crazy with a bunch of people you haven’t seen in ages, the best part of Reunion is the chance to network. Show your old pals you mean business by bringing a heavy-hitter to to dinner. The 2010 Bello Reserve is the product of Napa’s best winemaker/vineyard manager duo, and will absolutely blow the minds of anybody with even a passing interest in California Cabernet.


“I just picked up a little something Argentinean for poker night,” you mention nonchalantly.

“Oh, Malbec?” Todd asks, satisfied with himself for being able to name the country’s most notable grape from that one Anthony Bourdain special he watched the other week.

“Nope,” you smile as his satisfaction turns to bewilderment. “It’s actually Bonarda. Yeah it’s from Mendoza, so you were totally in the right neighborhood, but I thought I’d go with something a little more unique."

Your move, Todd. You Crimson bastard.

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Pierre Moncuit Grand Cru Blanc...

93 Allen Meadows - Burghound

Item: 69938

750 mL

Retail: $44.99

$35.97 per btl

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Maipe Bonarda Reserve

91 Robert Parker - Robert Par...

Item: 78436

750 mL

Retail: $16.98

$12.74 per btl

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Estefania Tilenus Roble

90 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Pa...

Item: 83007

750 mL

Retail: $13.99

$11.00 per btl

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Marques Del Puerto Bentus Rioja

92 Wine Enthusiast

Item: 86739

750 mL

Retail: $60.00

$17.50 per btl

Item: 87445

750 mL

Retail: $249.99

$99.99 per btl