That said, certain types of wine – usually cheaper ones – peak within a few years of being produced, and even some high quality bottles may begin to lose their zest after a few decades.
If you decide to get fancy and spend a few hundred dollars on a nice bottle of wine, it’s a good idea to do some research and see when the experts recommend it should be enjoyed.
The reality is that when it comes to whether alcohol can expire, it depends on what kind of booze you’re talking about.
Of course, certain kinds of liquor can last for decades and may taste even more glorious over time; after all, people say “aging like a fine wine” for a reason.
Other types of alcohol, however, can turn so nasty you may decide that chasing it with sour milk is preferable, particularly if it’s been opened for a while or not stored correctly. A bottle of vintage Bordeaux wine from 1961 doesn’t cost an arm and a leg because it tastes awful, and you don’t try to impress your date by asking the waiter for their “youngest” bottle of vino.
Not only can most wines stay “fresh” for years on end but, in fact, many of them taste better the older they get.
Wine cellars are typically dark and cool places, which is where a delicious bottle of red or white should be stored.
Wine should also be kept lying horizontally, so that the amazing liquid inside is touching the cork at all times.
If a cork gets dry then there’s a chance it will develop holes and wine-spoiling air could leak in.
Or, if you keep your wine out in the blazing hot sun, don’t be surprised if it tastes like garbage when you open it.
Once a bottle of wine has been opened, however, the expiration clock starts working overtime.
Wines don’t stand up well to the process of oxidization, and even if you do your damndest to stuff the cork back in or keep it in the fridge, it will only be good for a few days. Next time you go into a pub, ask the bartender for his “finest and oldest bottle of beer” and see what kind of puzzled response you get.
In other words, unlike wine, beers are not meant to sit downstairs for years on end collecting dust.