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Aging Wine Properly

Ever wonder if that bottle of wine you bought should be opened tonight or best left to age for a couple of years? This chart gives you some general guidelines.

All wines are best stored at 55°F, which is the ideal temperature for aging.

Also keep in mind that "high-quality" wines, wines made from "good years", and wine with high sulfites (natural preservatives found on all grapes) all tend to last much longer than wines that are just the opposite.

Type of wine How long to age
Beaujolais 0-3 yrs
Beaujolais Nouveau immediately
Bordeaux, Red 7-12 yrs
Bordeaux, White 4-10 yrs
Cabernet 5-10 yrs
Champagne, non-vintage 0-2 yrs
Champagne, Vintage 5-10 yrs
Chianti 0-5 yrs
Chardonnay 0-5 yrs
Merlot 2-5 yrs
Gewurztraminer 0-4 yrs
Port, non-vintage 0-5 ys
Port, vintage 10-20 yrs
Zinfandel, Red 5-10 yrs
Zinfandel, White 0-1 yrs








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