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How long will a bottle of wine last?

Posted by Snoother 1128676, Aug 14, 2012.

I have a bottle of Pieroth 1979 Beerenauslese that has not been opened.  Is it still good?


Reply by outthere, Aug 14, 2012.

That's dependent on how it was stored. I've found a few notes from the1976 vintage that are favorable. German dessert wines age very well. The only way to really find out is to open it. Of course you must share the experience with us via this thread. ;-)

Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 15, 2012.

For a minute I thought this was a post about how fast we drink a bottle.  To which I would answer that I should probably slow down, esp after tonight's wine.  Like one of those questions to determine if you are an alcoholic.  "Do you ever drink alone?"  "Have you ever neglected to do something you meant to do because you had been drinking?"  Who wouldn't answer yes to those?  Yeah, I was going to fold the laundry, but I felt kind of drowsy after that last glass of Zin and decided it could wait till the next day.

Joking aside, this is a wine made to last.  Unless stored badly, it should be fine.  I couldn't find drinking window information on this exact wine, but 1979 Beerenausleses are drinking fine according to the notes I could find.  According to this note, Pieroth isn't the epitome of fine wine for good value, but you already have it, so that's not the issue.  Is it good?  That's a matter of your taste.

Reply by GregT, Aug 15, 2012.

How long will a bottle of wine last?

A few hundred years?


Or a lot longer?  This one has been on display for 100 years.


My suggestion is to keep it for another hundred and fifty years or so, at which point you'll be able to sell it for a pretty decent sum!


Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 15, 2012.

I think that Vin Jaune was given to Pasteur by Thomas Jefferson.  Both Rudi K. and Hardy Rodenstock told me so.  ;-)  (Who cares if Thos. Jefferson died when Pasteur was four years old, that's the story I want to believe.)

BTW, did anyone else ever notice that Hardy Rodenstock's claimed birthday is Dec. 7, 1941?  You know, Pearl Harbor, a "day that shall live in infamy?" 

That story of the Vin Jaune makes me suspicious, actually.  Just a little too good to be a forgotten bottle, don't you think?  Pasteur, the "father of modern wine?"  C'mon, his biggest contribution was in preventing things from fermenting.

Reply by GregT, Aug 15, 2012.

Funny. Esp the coincidence of the days.  You may be the first person to make the connection!

And of course, the wine is being auctioned by Christies, where the resident expert assured the world that the wine a few years ago was indeed that of Thos Jefferson.  After all, he was an "expert" so he must have been right.

Round two anybody?

Anyhow, as far as Pasteur went - I think he figured out that it's yeast that ferments things and that there are many yeasts, some of which are good and some of which are less desirable.  So I suppose they can call him the "father" in that after him, wine and beer-making became less of a crapshoot as people could simply propagate the yeast strains they desired and ensure effective fermentation each time. His early work had to do with beer and wine and that's where he demonstrated that a short period of heat will kill harmful organisms. Today we associate him with everything BUT those things, and we look askance at the prospect of heating beer and wine, which is pretty ironic. 

I love the attempt to tie this wine to Pasteur.

Marketing anyone? 


Just the facts.

Reply by duncan 906, Aug 16, 2012.

I have had several bottles of wine from the 70s and 80s in the last couple of years and been quite happy with most Some people speak of drinking windows but wine,unlike beer,does not come with a sell-by date.

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