How long can wine/champagne be kept, unopened, before it goes off?!
How long can wine/champagne be kept, unopened, before it goes off?
I have several bottles of wine and champagne in my house, some of which have been there years. I am not sure whether to dust them off and keep them (we don't drink much at home) or get rid of them - I don't really want to store them if they are not any good. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
If it's stored properly, in a constant temperature below 70 degrees (55 is preferred by experts) and on it's side, it will last for a while. For wines that cost under $30, whites will start to decline after a few years and reds will start to decline after about five years.
Expensive French wines will last around 25 years when stored properly and Vintage Port will last around 50 years when stored properly.
Wine is still drinkable when it's past peak. It will just taste aged and it will have sediment in it, which isn't dangerous.
There is some misinformation above about "corked wine." It happens randomly to about 1 in 20 bottles. If it's a red wine, the cork will have a white, mossy appearance where it touched the wine instead of a soaked in red appearance. The wine will smell like cardboard or wet dog and taste awful. It's not dangerous, but I don't know many people who can stand to drink it without feeling sick from the taste.
Oxidized wine is a different story. It will taste sour, like vinegar. This is caused if you store your wine in non-constant temperatures, like in direct sunlight or near a window. The cork expands and contracts and loses its seal, letting oxygen in to spoil the wine. The cork can also dry out if you leave the bottle upright for too long.
If you don't plan to drink them, you may want to consider donating any good or rare bottles to a charity for auction. You will get a tax receipt for the amount of the bid and also feel good that it was put to good use.
1st. Wine does NOT last for decates... cmon!!!
2nd. corked means when the cork of the wine its broken and air slipped in, it doesn't need 20 yrs to be corked.
3rd. the wine is made from different grapes.
there are 2 types of grapes, the wine grape(which is not good for eating), and the eatable grape, ( which in surely not good for wine )... check what type of wine it is, if its cheep wine and its been there for years, you can write vinegar instead of wine on the label.
depends on the type of grape, place where its been grown, type of soil, temperature while it was grown, wind, and seasons when it was grown.. certain wines can last 2 months, others can last 50 years... but not all are the same.
hope it helped but i would be carefull if i were you about throwing away... if the wine is still good, ( and it has a certificate, like doc or DOCG... ) then it could cost a couple of thousands after 20 yrs...
To refer to Karlito's answer, I agree, people are sooooo dumb, some more so than others.
In his opening statement he said wine will not last "dekates" ( would be nice if he could spell), yet further down he admits wines can last 50 years. If that is not 5 decades, what is?
Good quality wine will last for decades.
Cheap plonk should be drunk in a couple of years.
The idiot who said that there are 2 types of grapes doesn't know what he's talking about - There are hundreds of types of grapes.
Some make a good long lasting wine, others don't.
If a Bordeaux has been classed 'Grand Cru Classé 1855", Then it can be drunk up to 80 years later for a "Priemere G C C", and up to 20 or 30 for a "Cinquieme G C C".
Some wine, for example the Beaujolais nouveau, it turns vingigery after about 6 months, which is why it should be drunk young.
What I would do if I were you is to search on the internet for the precise bottles you have, but it must be of those particular years when they were made. If they were keeping wines then you'll probably find references to them still, maybe even still for sale - try the producer's own websites first (use Google). If theres no trace they are probably not worth keeping. in particular, most Champagne is only sold when ready to drink so unless its a very fine vintage which has been stored properly then it wont be worth drinking, let alone keeping. What you could do is list on yahoo answers the precise wines and vintages and see what people make of them. If possible you should list the country of origin, the wine maker, the grape style if marked and very importantly the year plus any other classification or name of the wine. If it doesnt have a year of production on the bottle then it probably wont be a wine that was worth keeping and will probably not be worth drinking now.
Leaving aside wines that are corked or prematurely oxidised a good wine most often goes completely tasteless once its over-aged. I had a 20 year old Pomerol from Bordeaux last week which would once have been exceptional and is now completely absent any taste. Eventually it will probably turn into vinegar.
If you dont drink much at home then dont ever store it - just buy a good wine when you want it.