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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by benlee, Jun 25, 2007.
how long will wine last if it has been sitting on my counter still corked?
It depends on the sulphur content, the type of wine and how well the cork is in it. A red'll last a lot longer than a white (more sulphur) and a heavier red will last longer than a lighter one. If the cork is put back in properly and the bottle is still quite full (less oxygen inside the bottle to taint the wine) then it can probably last a couple of days at best, before being relegated to the cooking.
Are you saying that it's never been opened? Most wines are not really meant to be aged and should be drunk within a year or two. Some wines benefit from a little aging and can be cellared, usually for about five years. And some can be cellared for much longer.
Of course, leaving it on your countertop doesn't really qualify as cellaring.
And as mad jew, the wine expert, says: Opened wines should be drunk within a few days.
thanks guys. It's been there for longer than a couple days and it is a cheap white. besides it tasted like crap. thanks for the quick reply.
Just to clarify, more expensive reds are often meant to be aged. However, if you're spending upwards of US$50 on a bottle then you probably already know this. The ideal cellaring time is usually written on the back label, too.
In day-to-day use, if you're not going to be drinking a bottle of wine in one hit then buy a Stelvin (screwcap) bottle because it gives the wine far less exposure to the air when screwed back on, compared with shoving a cork down its neck.