How And Why Does Wine Go Bad While an Unopened Bottle?
How does wine go bad?
Wine goes bad if it’s not stored with care. While an unopened bottle of wine can easily stay fresh, once a wine bottle is open, of course there is a time limit as to when you should drink it for the freshest taste. You should drink most opened bottles within a few days to a week.
But in fact, even unopened bottles of wine can go bad. Wine bottles that are stored standing up can result in the cork deteriorating over time. Lying a cork sideways prevents it from drying out; if the cork does desiccate, it can develop tiny perforations and allow oxygen to enter the bottle. Improper storage and exposure could also result in contamination.
How should you store your wine?
To make sure your bottle of wine is as fresh as possible, find a cool place (forty five to fifty degrees Fahrenheit) , with lights off, with the bottle sideways rather than upright. Seventy percent humidity is ideal. You can buy cooling units or wine racks, but the other factors are essentials.
How do you tell if your wine has gone bad?
In the worst case scenario, you should be able to tell if your wine has gone bad rather easily. Here are some signs:
- Smells like manure (bacterial contamination)
- Vinegar or very sour taste: extended exposure
- Moldy odor or dull brown hue
When in doubt, throw it out. But so long as you store your wine carefully, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be as fresh as possible to celebrate your wedding or honeymoon.