Forget about the astrological sign of the newest person in your life. Also forget whether they were born in the Year of the Rooster (2017), Monkey (2016) or Goat (2015). All interesting information, no doubt, but what really counts is what your child\u2019s birth-year vintage is like, and which wines to squirrel away so everyone can properly celebrate when your little one turns of age.\r\n\r\nFor new parents, choosing birth year wines now, rather than years later when they\u2019re harder to find and much more expensive, is a time-honored duty. To speed along the process, these experts offer help on how they evaluate the last three vintages of ageworthy wines, and which ones have the most long-range potential to gift to your child decades into the future.\r\n2017 Vintage\r\nThe year 2017 was challenging in most of Europe and California, so choose carefully. Erik Segelbaum, wine director for Starr restaurants, points out that it\u2019s often more about who makes the wine than just the vintage.\r\n\r\n\u201cA great winemaker is great because they know how to handle challenging vintage and harvest conditions,\u201d he says. Fortunately, you have time to find the best wines. Most of the 2017s won\u2019t be bottled for another year or two.\r\n\r\nKimberly Milburn, sommelier at New York City\u2019s Bowery Meat Company, is excited about news from Burgundy. \u201cI\u2019m hearing from most of my contacts there that 2017 was excellent, and they are thrilled and excited about seeing the wines develop [in the barrels],\u201d says Milburn.\r\n\r\nFor Bordeaux, Segelbaum suggests \u201ctried and true labels,\u201d especially from Pessac-L\u00e9ognan and Graves.\r\n\r\nNapa sommelier Kelli White warns to stick with more disciplined Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, as the \u201crich, [chocolaty] Cabernets,\u201d though lovely to drink now, may fade in two decades. Winn Roberton, head sommelier for Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., suggests Cabernet from Napa\u2019s mountain vineyards. \u201cThe higher the better,\u201d she says.\r\n\r\nAlthough 2017 is too early to judge, Joe Campanale, owner/beverage director at Fausto in New York City, says that most vintages of Port and Madeira have some excellent wines, and both of these fortified wines will age for decades. Even when a blended vintage isn\u2019t declared, Ports made from a single quinta or vineyard for that year can be intriguing.\r\n\r\n\r\n2016 Vintage\r\nLucky is the child born in 2016, as reports out of most great regions are enthusiastic. Hopes swell for Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rh\u00f4ne Valley, Napa Valley, German sweet Riesling, some Champagne, the Barolos of Piedmont and Garnachas from Spain\u2019s Priorat.\r\n\r\nChampagne expert Christie Dufault, professor of wine and beverage studies at the Culinary Institute of America, says that most vintage bubbly is aged for up to a dozen years before it\u2019s released for sale. That\u2019s a boon for parents who procrastinate.\r\n\r\nFor 2016, Dufault says, \u201cI will most likely look to more growers [small, single-vineyard producers], as they had the farming and harvesting advantage in that challenging year.\u201d\r\n\r\nCampanale says, \u201cI like Napa 2016 because it wasn\u2019t as warm as some recent vintages and made wines with lower alcohol that are more classically structured.\u201d He\u2019s also bullish on Burgundy. \u201c[The] 2016 [bottlings are] going to be a great vintage, because the wines are balanced and really delicious and flavorful,\u201d he says.\r\n\r\nThe 2016 Rh\u00f4nes are lovely, says Milburn, \u201cespecially great in the Southern Rh\u00f4ne.\u201d As for Bordeaux, Segelbaum says that 2016 is not getting quite the attention of 2015. \u201cSo here\u2019s a good opportunity to splurge on some of the bigger houses, the \u2018Grands Vins\u2019 and more coveted regions such as Margaux and Pauillac,\u201d he says.\r\n\r\n\r\n2015 Vintage\r\nSegelbaum is enthusiastic about the structure of the Bordeaux wines. \u201cThe acid, tannin and fruit character are all exactly where you would want them,\u201d he says. Segelbaum believes it a good year for bargains on second labels from great ch\u00e2teaux and less-regarded regions.\r\n\r\n\u201cA high-quality Fronsac, C\u00f4tes de Blaye or C\u00f4tes de Bourg might set you back only $20 a bottle and return massive dividends 20 years down the road,\u201d he says.\r\n\r\nFor Champagne, \u201cthe 2015s will overall demonstrate the most consistency and ageworthiness of the three vintages,\u201d says Dufault.\r\n\r\nRoberton calls the year\u2019s Barolo, \u201ca spectacular vintage. I\u2019ve seen more inexperienced wine drinkers smell a nice Barolo and say, \u2018Wow,\u2019 than with a glass of Bordeaux,\u201d because of the aromas of road tar, roses and anise.\r\n\r\nCampanale says that the Burgundy vintage is great for those who prefer a \u201criper\u201d style. Milburn likes the great northern Rh\u00f4ne Syrah from Hermitage and C\u00f4tes-Roties.\r\n\r\nOver-the-top Napa Cabs concern White. Those wines that are extremely rich and concentrated may not make it to 2035, she says. Instead, look for more structured wines.\r\n\r\nNow, for you good parents who have done the right thing for their children, put away another case for yourself to celebrate after having survived the teenage years.