Yes, you can drink a 20 year old bottle of wine, as long as it has been properly stored in a closed and unopened state. The recommended drinking time for wine usually varies depending on the type of wine. White wines are able to exceed their recommended drinking time for a period of 1 to 2 years, red wines for 2 to 3 years and cook wine for 3 to 5 years. However, fine wine as you might have guessed can generally be enjoyed for decades. Here are some things to consider when drinking an aged wine:
Inspect the bottle and make sure it is free from any cracks or breaks.
Check the cork and make sure it is still firm and not dried out. An aged cork may break easily, but it’s not always an indication that the wine has gone bad.
Decant the wine slowly, making sure not to disturb the sediment at the bottom.
Take a small sip and evaluate the flavor. Does it taste flat or off? If it does, it’s best not to drink it.
If the wine tastes good, pour it into a glass and enjoy it at room temperature.
Remember that aged wine may not taste the same as a young wine. The flavor may have developed more complexities and nuances, but it’s important to enjoy it for what it is. The best way to learn about aged wine is to try different ones and see what you like. Cheers!