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Does Wine Go Bad and Expire?

We bring you the answers to absolutely all the questions you had about the duration of the wine and how to store it properly. How to preserve an old bottle to be perfect for special occasions?    

You’ve probably seen thousands of movies in which the lead actor turns out to be cool and orders a 40-year-old bottle of wine. You thought the bottle your grandmother left you must be good, but then you opened it and got a weird grainy mixture of not very fragrant liquid. You wouldn’t believe it, but it happens often.

Which is the absolute truth about the duration of this divine drink. What will happen if you leave the bottle in the basement for a few years. Do you have to turn it over, and what temperature is needed? We solve all your puzzles below. Cheers  

How Long Does Wine Last?

Let’s start with the most important. How long does wine actually last? We must immediately disappoint you because there is no single answer to this question.

Almost every wine will last differently. They all have in common that they are divided into those that should be consumed young and those made to age with years. Let’s see the difference.   

Wines for imminent consumption 

This type of wine is made so that you need to consume it within a short time. We do not mean the same day, but certainly within a couple of months or a maximum of a year or two. It is a wine with the best quality just when it is young, and its features and taste gradually degrade over time. It may take several years, but almost certainly, the pleasure of drinking will be weaker over time. 

Mainly the manufacturers themselves put the expiration dates on the labels. And often, wine can be good for some time after the expiration date, but not much. We can say with almost certainty that these are all wines of the lower or middle price range that you can find in stores.     

Wines intended for maturation

Producers immediately know by the quality of the harvest and the wine obtained whether they can separate a batch that will last for many years. These are genuinely top-quality wines and must have the best cork that will last for years. They are stored under unique protocols, and their quality and taste become better over time. 

However, you must know that there is no guarantee that the wine will be suitable after 20 or more years. Most expensive restaurants that hold such special batches of wines have a policy that you cannot return the ordered bottle if it is incorrect. You simply take the risk with the order.  

Can Wine Go Bad? 

Yes, even this perfect divine drink spoils very easily. No matter what kind of wine you have, it can spoil. And yes, it will be neither healthy nor very tasty to drink if that happens.

Here’s how to tell if a wine is spoiled after opening:

Sign 1: The cork is damaged 

This tiny fellow plays a wonderfully important role in preserving the quality. Although it seems unimportant, a wrong cork will ruin the wine probably before other influences. When opening the bottle, pay attention to whether the cap is punctured or crumbling. If something is wrong, you know you need to evaluate the drink in more detail.    

Sign 2: Something smells or tastes funny 

As with everything else you put in your mouth, smell and taste are the leading indicators of correctness. If the wine has a sour smell, the same kind of taste, or it seems that something is wrong, it is very likely spoiled. It may happen that the wine ‘picked’ the smell of the cork. Although not the tastiest, this does not mean that it is bad to drink.  

Sign 3: The look is weird   

Most red wines have a naturally occurring residue. It is nothing unusual. However, if almost half of the bottle is taken up by some grain mixture instead of liquid, it will be safer to throw everything in the trash.  

Which is the Best Way to Store Wine? 

Wine lovers already know very well how to keep their valuables. Even if you don’t have professional cellars, some very safe tips can help you preserve the quality of this grape delight.   

Tip 1: Keep products away from the sun  

The sun is a great enemy of wine because it will oxidize and very likely become vinegar under the influence of heat and sunlight. So rule number one is to remove the drink from direct sunlight.    

Tip 2: Keep in cool and dark places  

It does not necessarily mean you have to have a cellar, but it is advisable to store the wine in a dark and cooler place, ideally, between 50 and 60 degrees, slightly colder than room temperature.    

Tip 3: Lay it sideways  

Although today there are packages with glass or metal caps, original wines still retain corks. In this case, place the bottle sideways so that the lid does not dry out over time and thus perish.    


What happens if you drink old wine?

Most likely nothing. Usually, spoilage of wine will cause a bad taste but will not harm you.

How do you know if wine has gone bad?

It will be safest to smell it well first. If the smell seems okay to you, take a sip of wine and check the taste. If all is well, you can drink wine no matter how old it is. 

Can you get food poisoning from wine?

In very rare cases, if harmful bacteria have developed in the wine, most often in the opened one, you can get food poisoning. 

Should I keep unopened wine in a fridge?

Refrigeration is recommended just before consumption to improve flavor. It is not advisable to keep the wine in the fridge at all times.


Wine is often a favorite drink of many. Some like white, some red, and some adore sparkling. Some like rice wine such as sake. There is a reason why this perfect drink has been enjoyed for millennia. If you want to greet your guests perfectly with a divine drop, in addition to learning different varieties and types of wine, remember to store it well. Always keep it in a cool and dark place, but not in the refrigerator. Additionally, do not shake it too much and lay it sideways. This way, you will always have a drink ready for your guests.

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