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Where can you find the date of a wine on the bottle

Posted by Tammy Watters, Sep 8, 2012.

Can someone tell me where on a wine bottle where you can find the date   i have some here that are my moms that she has had for a long time and not opened  if someone can tell me would appreciate it very much  again these bottles are not opened



Reply by GregT, Sep 8, 2012.

What does that mean?

The vintage is usually on the bottle wherever the label designer wants to put it - sometimes you need to look pretty hard. If it's a blend of vintages, you won't see a date.

Other than that, what kind of date would you want?  Some people put the bottling date on it, but that's pretty meaningless for the most part.

Reply by MJRisenhoover, Sep 8, 2012.

Or maybe you are drinking a Non-Vintage wine, or a wine made by blending wine from two or more different years, in that case it may have an NV somewhere on the label.

As far as I know you won't find an expiration date anywhere :-)

Reply by EMark, Sep 8, 2012.

Tammy, as you can see from the questions above, some of us are struggling with your question about date.  The most commonly referenced date that that people with an interest (either commercial or personal) in wine have is the "vintage date," i.e., the year that the grapes used to make that wine were harvested.  As GregT mentioned, if the wine is what is referred to as "vintage wine," then that date is typically printed on one of the labels on the bottle.  So, it might be on the front label, the back label or, sometimes, on a small label on the neck.

MJRisenhoover suggests that you might have a "non-vintage" wine, in which case you will not have a date on any of the labels.

When I first read your question, I was wondering if you were looking for a date on the glass bottle--possibly embossed.  I have never seen a date on the glass.

If you can take a picture of the bottle(s) in question and add them to this thread, there might be somebody out there who can tell you more about your wine.

Reply by GregT, Sep 8, 2012.

I have to add to what I said - if it's a blend of vintages, you MAY see a date if the winery put the bottling date on.  I can probably count the number of wineries that do that - it's VERY rare.  Heitz did from time to time, for example.

But whatever the date, if the wine's been stored in the garage or in a closet and it's been there for 15, 20, 25 years, and if there's no date, my guess is that the wine is worthless and probably not even drinkable.  My mother has some non-vintage sparkling wine from Michigan that has to be 40 years old at this point. It's of zero value.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 10, 2012.

NV Sparkling Wine from MIchigan?  Did it ever have any value?

Done being a snob, sorry, but that sounds pretty unlikely.

Reply by GregT, Sep 10, 2012.

Fox - it probably had little value to start out, you're right. But age didn't add any value, that's for sure. Next time in over, I'm going to look at the bottles to see if they have price stickers on them.  I'm guessing five bucks or so, but who knows?

Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 11, 2012.

GregT, I think everyone should support their home-state wine industry.  I just count myself lucky that Northern California has been my home since I was three. Otherwise I guess I'd be drinking pink Catawba.

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