- How long does unopened red wine last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of unopened red wine, store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
To maximize the shelf life of unopened red wine, place the bottle on its side rather than standing it upright - this will keep the cork moist and airtight.
How long does unopened red wine last? Most ready-to-drink wines are at their best quality within 3 to 5 years of production, although they will stay safe indefinitely if properly stored; fine wines can retain their quality for many decades.
How to tell if red wine has gone bad? The best way is to smell and look at the red wine: if red wine develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded for quality purposes.
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