Question, what's the date on the oldest bottle of wine you have? Did you know that only 1-2% of wines made are structured to age well, most of those being red. I like to test things so last week I opened a 15 year old white wine, a Muscadet. I was so nervous that it had held it too long but it was GOOD however, I was lucky as many white wines do not age well, actually most wines are not meant to be aged.
Truth is, you can cellar anything you want for as long as you want, but the results may not be what you want. Here are a few things to consider when aging a wine:
Aging factors include acid, alcohol, sugar, tannin. For whites that means high acid wines like Rieslings, Chenin Blanc, and Champagnes. For reds this includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo. Also, dessert wines can age forever!
Rose is meant to be drank fresh (usually within 2-3 years) so be mindful of the vintage date.
Chardonnay should generally be consumed within 5 years (with the exception of White Burgundy). Merlot can keep about 3-5 year (Fine Bordeaux exempt)
Malbec will be good for about 5-10 years.
These are general "rules' if you will. It also matters how you like to drink your wine i.e if you like more fruit drink it young but if you like more savory wine let it age a bit. You can also but a case and crack a bottle every few years to taste it at different stages. Nothing is in stone so just use them as guidelines. Happy sipping.
With all the conversation going on about pesticides in lieu of the Monsanto defeat (the gentleman who won his case against the pesticide company causing him cancer), I thought now would be a good time to talk about organic wine and farming. So here's a basic rundown of what you need to know regarding drinking organic. *The information i'm sharing is meant to inform, use it as you need*
Organic wine is wine that is made with organically grown grapes meaning without the use of pesticides. Essentially, organic wine is wine made in the way that our ancestors made it before World War II when pesticides became widely used.
There used to be this perception pushed that organic wine was somehow lesser in quality than non. Today, modern research on organic growing has made it possible to produce both high yields and high quality without putting toxic substances on to the vines or into the soil and water.
When you drink organic wine, you are drinking wine that is free of pesticide and chemical residues, and you are voting with your dollars to support wine that has been grown in a way that actually enhances the health of the environment.
Why do we care?
I think that's a personal decision but here are some facts to consider.
Grapes are one of crops that receive the heaviest application of pesticides – millions of tons are sprayed on grape vines each year.
Wine grapes receive even higher levels of pesticides than table grapes
Many organic wines are grown using something called integrated pest management, which is planting companion plants that attract beneficial insects to naturally reduce the populations of insects that will damage grapes.
Drinking organic wine reduces your exposure to harmful chemicals, reduces the impact of pesticide use on the people who grow the grapes (workers face much more exposure to harmful chemicals) reduces the threat to groundwater contamination and helps to promote biodiversity.
As for winemakers, fortunately, more and more questioning the “conventional” wisdom of applying massive amounts of poison to our fruits and vegetables. It is costly to become "certified" organic however, lots of brands practice organic farming without the labe