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How long does wine keep, unopened?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Notch7, 25 Mar 2020.

  1. Notch7

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    I ask because I came across 8 bottles of wine in my Dads kitchen cupboard.

    The bottles are from 2000 to 2006, all stored upright, at room temp.
    Sealed with either real or plastic corks.

    Quite a few are from English vineyards.

    Will they be drinkable, or horrible?
     
  2. EddieM

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    White or red? Either way under those conditions likely to be well past their best.

    There is of course an easy way to find out.
     
  3. crystal ball

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    Probably oxidised, go for it, if we don't hear from you we will know what happened
     
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  4. durhamplumber

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    Sanitise your hands with it.
     
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    Everyone is assuming a kitchen wall cupboard in a centrally heated house by the sounds of it.
    If this is correct then it will probably be rank.
    However, if it is in a lower cupboard against an outside wall, or even next to a fridge/freezer, there is a chance that some of it may still be ok.
    As Eddie and Crystal have said. Only one way to find out.
     
  6. Notch7

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    7 white, 1 red

    I havent opened any because my wife is convinced it will make us ill.

    I will open one and try it later in the week.
     
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    I thought if real cork bottles were stored upright,the cork shrinks,allowing air in and turning the wine to vinegar
     
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    Correct, that is why wine is stored on its side, to keep the cork wet.
     
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  11. EddieM

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    White'll almost certainly be rank I'm afraid.
     
  12. Bodd

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    I took a beautiful girl out, who I was keen to impress.
    Stupidly with a smug smile the waiter told me the red wine we ordered was a vintage 1999... I spat it out and told him to bring me some new stuff. Now... She was impressed..
     
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    The fact that it's English wine would worry me more.. some can be good but generally it's terrible.

    Worst case it will smell, and taste terrible. A dose of the trots if you neck it regardless.
     
  14. EddieM

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    Oddly an English wine won a top award recently, I forget which, but as patriotic as I am, I have to agree, English wine is usually quite disgusting :LOL:
     
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    Have a little taste, it might be ok to cook with.
     
  16. EddieM

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    Or pickle with.
     
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