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tprice 05-10-2010 08:34 AM

Wine storage question
I have 4 bottles of wine at my office that I have had for about 15-20 yrs, it is actually Falcon Crest wine(from the old tv show) and I did a guys taxes that was a wine sales rep and he gave us several bottles of it MANY YEARS ago.

I have two on a fireplace mantle in my office where I have a small collection of some of the NASCAR/Colleges "collectible" or novelty bottles that I have acquired over the years. I am not a collector but just bought some of these and some of my clients have given me some over the years.

The wine have been sitting upright since I was given them and in talking with person one day she told me that the wine is probably bad now since wine is supposed to be stored for extended periods on it's side so it will keep the cork moist other wise through evaporation the alcohol will evaporate and it will pretty much be vinegar

Is this true, really never thought of drinking one of these bottles of wine but Admiral does enjoy wine and thought I may take a bottle home and we try it one day

Anyway to tell if it is good other than tasting it

The bottles do have a sealed cap over the cork if that makes any difference;?

Edisto_Rebel 05-10-2010 08:36 AM

It's true. All wines are not created equal. Wines have a "best if opened by" date of sorts. They do not necessarily get better with age. Beaujolais Nouveau, for example, should be consumed anywhere from 3-4 weeks after bottling up to 1 year and not really recommended to wait that long. You could probably google your bottles and see what kind of info is out there on them.

jobowker 05-10-2010 08:58 AM

The reason for tilting the bottles is to keep the cork from drying out. When the cork dries out, it could potentially let air in, which would ruin the wine (hence the term "corked" for a bottle ruined by exposure to air).
Even if the cork is still intact, different wines, as mentioned above, tolerate aging better than others. Some red wines like Cabernet and Pinot Noir age pretty well, but white wines generally don't.

Mist-Rest 05-10-2010 09:07 AM

What they said except you feel the cork and smell the wine. Don't sniff the cork.;) The cork should not feel dry.

Edisto_Rebel 05-10-2010 09:09 AM

Good to know Mist. Thanks for the correction. Makes more sense that way!

PJJR 05-10-2010 10:00 AM

I own 2 bottles of "Falcon Crest" Napa Valley Cab Sau "marriage" prod & bottled by Spring Mtn BW 4521. I bot them in 89 or 90. I'm curious as to their value. By the way, they were lousy tasting 20 years ago.

HI James

These wines haven't aged well, and collector's have been pretty leery of them. They won't have any value on the wine market, although a true television fan might pay a few dollars for them. I am sorry to be the bearer of sad news, but I don't think this is a good plan to replace your 401K.

Paul Wagner

finatic1 05-10-2010 10:22 AM

Most wine is not meant to be aged, and I suspect that Falcon Crest falls into that category. Light and heat are also bad for wine. You can tell if air has gotten into the bottle by looking at the level of fill. If air has gotten in, some of the wine will have evaporated and the bottle will appear to not be full.

A corked wine is not from air getting in the bottle but from contamination of the wine by the chemical TCA (2,4,6-Trichloroanisole) which normally, but not always, is introduced to the wine through the cork.

Open it and try it. Please let us know how it tasted.

29 NORTH 05-10-2010 11:51 AM

European wines especially French reds usually have a longer shelf life, if stored properly, no wine should ever be stored where the temperature is above 70 degrees, right tell that to Sams club, LOL. The Falcon Crest wine from the Left coast is not a winner, as others have said, and where they were stored, they are probably vinegar at best. Keep them as a a decoration unless you want to experiment, with the taste, and the bottle and label will still be good for display.

fishingfun 05-10-2010 12:17 PM

Just open up a bottle and see.

Pierless 05-10-2010 12:57 PM

Originally Posted by fishingfun (Post 2965263)
Just open up a bottle and see.

And you might want to have a back-up bottle, not Falcon Crest and a more recent vintage, so you can finish your dinner drinking wine ;)

nanjemoycat 05-10-2010 01:03 PM

If it's turned to vinegar use it to steam some crabs.

CMP 05-10-2010 01:15 PM

I have 5 cases of my bud's 2007 Inkwell (McLaren Vale, S. Aus.) Shiraz coming to me this week. Amazing juice (I'm usually a heavy Cab guy) that will be properly stored...


A Few Dollars 05-10-2010 01:17 PM

Originally Posted by fishingfun (Post 2965263)
Just open up a bottle and see.

:thumbsup: There is only one way to find out.

Mist-Rest 05-10-2010 01:44 PM

Originally Posted by CMP (Post 2965430)
I have 5 cases of my bud's 2007 Inkwell (McLaren Vale, S. Aus.) Shiraz coming to me this week. Amazing juice (I'm usually a heavy Cab guy) that will be properly stored...


Go to the NH store and find the Earthquake Cab Sav or the Shiraz or even the Pinot. They run in the mid 20's/btl. A stunning wine. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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