Does wine expire?
The answer is a firm yes. Most wines will only remain safe to drink for only about 3 to 5 days however this largely depends on the kind of wine it is. Fortunately, spoilt wine is just wine that has been metabolized into vinegar and that won’t harm you.
Below is a list of different styles of wine and how long they can last after getting opened:
- Sparkling Wine: These will last between 1–3 days in the fridge with a sparkling wine stopper. Sparkling wines lose their carbonation rapidly once they are opened. Traditional method wines have more atmospheres of pressure (more bubbles) in them when they’re bottled, so they tend to last longer.
- Light White, Sweet White and Rosé Wine: These wines will last between 5–7 days in the fridge with a cork. The taste changes slightly after day one due to oxidation.
- Full-Bodied White Wine: These can spend between 3–5 days in the fridge with a cork. They are known to oxidize more rapidly because they were exposed to more oxygen during their pre-bottling aging process.
- Red Wine: They can spend between 3–5 days in a cool dark place with a cork. Those with higher tannin and acidity tend to last longer after opening. Some will even improve after the first day open. Store open red wines in a chiller or a dark cool place after opening them.
- Fortified Wine: They can last for up to 28 days in a cool dark place with a cork. They have very long shelf lives because they are infused with brandy; however they lose their vibrant flavors rapidly if exposed to light and heat.
Now, you’ll always have the best tasting wine!