Wine is one of life’s great pleasures, but what happens when you accidentally let a bottle sit in the back of the pantry longer than you intended? Does wine expire? The answer is, well, it depends. Here’s a quick rundown on how long you can expect your different types of wine to last:
White Wine: If properly stored and kept in a sealed, unopened state, white wines will typically last beyond their recommended drinking time by 1 to 2 years.
Red Wine: Red wines can last anywhere from 2-3 years if stored correctly, as they tend to have a higher alcohol and tannin content, making them more resistant to spoilage than white wine.
Cooking Wine: If you’re using wine for cooking, it can last for a bit longer- usually 3 to 5 years.
Fine Wine: If you’re fortunate enough to have invested in some high-end bottles, they can generally be enjoyed for decades! Proper storage conditions are even more critical for fine wines, as any exposure to heat, light, or air can cause them to spoil more quickly.
Of course, these are just general guidelines, and certain factors can affect how long wine lasts, such as the grape variety, the region it was produced in, and the specific vintage. In general, it’s a good idea to drink your wine sooner rather than later- enjoying it at its optimal taste and aroma- but don’t fret too much if you’ve been holding on to a bottle for a little too long. Chances are, it’s still perfectly drinkable.