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Tasting Room Reviews: Wine Tasting Kit, Cost, Promo Codes

tasting room logoOur review of Tasting Room Wine Club: Are you seeking a wine experience that’s all about you? According to its website, Tasting Room is ready to offer wine aficionados and amateurs alike precisely this.

Tasting Room, by Lot 18, is an international winery collective that provides personalized wine shipments to members. (They have a promo so that you get the tasting kit for $7, including shipping!) 

Once they’ve sipped and savored a Tasting Kit of six whites and reds, Tasting Room members craft profiles based on their likes and dislikes, tailoring future wine shipments. Members can also easily purchase full bottles of any of the wines they love for as little as $13.

Given my own proclivity for a rich pinot, and given Tasting Room’s international sourcing, I decided to try this wine tasting service. I must say, my Tasting Room trial run proved to be no small delight!

Here’s my comprehensive review of this wine provider: how Tasting Room works, the cost, plus a coupon for new members. Sip on!

*Update: After rating the tasting kit, I got my first shipment of 6 bottles of wine!

Our Review: How Tasting Room Works

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“Lot 18 Tasting Room is the first wine club to get it right.” The Huffington Post

“The Tasting Room wine club eliminates the guesswork and uncertainty of shopping for wine… bringing an unprecedented level of customization and personalization to the wine club market.” – winebusiness.com

Tasting Room claims that “wine should be accessible, fun to learn about, and easy to enjoy.” These terms accurately sum up the experience of becoming a Tasting Room member. Here’s an explanation of how the wine club works from tastingroom.com:

how tasting room works infographic

Getting started: Prospective tasters register for a Tasting Room account by providing contact details and answers to three key questions about flavor preferences. Sample questions may include:

  • Which type of chocolate do you prefer? (Milk, dark, or neither) 
  • I drink my coffee: (Black, with sugar and cream, or I don’t dink coffee)
  • The fruits I like best are: (Apples, bananas, or berries)

These flavor-specific questions, I presume, help the provider generally narrow down members’ first Tasting Kit; a helpful point, as members are more likely to stay with the service if it begins by catering to their broader preferences.

A week or so after submitting this information, Tasting Room members receive their first Tasting Kit, a little black box of six wine varieties. Each miniature bottle holds 50 ml of wine, the rough equivalent of one third of a glass of wine.

OK, I Got My Wine Tasting Kit!

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Fun little box with tasting kit

My kit arrived with four reds and two whites, an accurate combination as I tend to prefer full-bodied reds to whites. I had, after all, listed dark chocolate, black coffee, and berries as my flavors of choice.

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Tasting Room Kit Arrives, Fun!

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Tasting kit comes with simple instructions

The box itself contains two cards:

  1. A welcome card with instructions for rating wines
  2. A tasting mat for lining up and ranking wines.

Once members receive their first Tasting Kit, the sipping can begin! Members simply navigate to their online TR profiles and select “Let’s Start Tasting!”

(*You can get started for $7 with this coupon!)

How the Tasting Kit / Process Works

In your account you’ll get these tasting instructions:

  • You’ll taste wine in pairs, just click the one you prefer
  • Undecided? If you like or dislike both wines, juct click the, “No preference” button
  • Take small sips – you may taste and compare wines 2-3 times
  • It’s OK to hate a wine. The goal is to find the wines you love and loathe!

Tasting Room will then walk members through the tasting process, which requires tasting and comparing two wines at a time. I began with my whites, which TR advised me to chill for twenty minutes prior to beginning and pour into glasses set on my tasting mat.

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Tasting mat for red wines

Tasting Room emphasizes the value of taking small sips to ensure members really distinguish flavors. After my tasting of the white wines, I decided that I preferred Wine #1–a sauvignon blanc; and that this preference was not too dramatic. I also had the option to choose “I liked both” or “I disliked both.” (see below)

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Compare and rate the wine you tasted

Members make these ratings for every pairing they try. At the end of the tasting, TR asks if there were any wines members would not like to see in a future shipment and what combination of wines they’d like to receive (reds only, whites only, or reds and whites).

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Tasting Room: Did you dislike any wine?

Then, Tasting Room generates a Wine Profile. Wine Profiles are relatively comprehensive, detailing the type of wine members prefer. For example, my White Profile claims that I prefer fresh, zesty whites and suggests ideal flavors, pairings, sources, and grapes for my future white selections. The profile even advises how to order white wine at a restaurant: allegedly I should tell my server that I like bright, crisp whites with flavors of honey and grassiness and smooth, buttery finishes.

Tasting Room then uses Wine Profiles to generate member shipments of full bottles of wine. Members can choose what they want to receive: 2, 6, or 12 bottles at a time delivered every three, two, or one month(s). Members can see the wines that will appear in their next shipments and modify these at their leisure. 

Ok, now that they have a wine profile for me, they can send me my first shipment of wine!

My First Shipment of Wine! (6 Bottles)

Once Tasting Room generates a custom wine profile based on Tasting Kit preferences, it will assemble full-bottle shipments for users based on these preferences.

To reiterate, tasters automatically receive a Tasting Room membership once they sign up for a Tasting Kit. To simply enjoy the tasting experience without having to purchase sets of full bottles, users will have to cancel their subscription. (Luckily, this is easy to do. Simply navigate to “Account Settings” and select “Cancel Membership.”)

Once I received my wine profile, I noticed that Tasting Room had already set my shipment preferences to twelve bottles, to be delivered within a mere handful of days.

This is perhaps the only complaint I have with this service; many tasters are unlikely to want twelve bottles delivered monthly, and for $149.99 + shipping at that! To my knowledge, Tasting Room does not inform tasters of this automatic preference selection, at least directly.

I quickly opted for a six-bottle delivery at $79.99 + shipping, to be delivered every three months. (Tasters can also opt for 2-bottle deliveries). Given the fact that I prefer red wine, I requested a 4 red / 2 white combination. Users can also select all red or all white bottles for individual shipments.

Wine aficionados can schedule deliveries at any time, without any apparent time constraints; it seems possible, for example, to schedule a delivery three or six months in advance.

Once my order was processed, Tasting Room assured me that I would receive my bottles within seven standard business days.

I also received a sneak peek at what I could expect come Wine Arrival Day. (It is always possible to view these details by selecting “Past Shipments” or “Next Shipment.”) Users can view additional information about each wine–including flavor profile, suggested pairings, and regional source–simply by clicking on each thumbnail.


I tracked my wine delivery religiously–Tasting Room provides tracking information to all customers–only to learn that several bottles had been damaged in transit. My initial shipment was thus returned to its source in California.

Unfortunately, Tasting Room did not notify me via email–as it had promised–and I had to reach out to its customer support team to arrange refunds and schedule a new shipment.

I will say that despite my disappointment, Tasting Room’s customer service is impeccable. I received a friendly and apologetic email response within an hour of my complaint. While Tasting Room had to package an entirely new combination of wine bottles for me, the next shipment arrived within a week, undamaged.

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Tasting Room packages its bottles well, despite the fact that my initial shipment sustained damage. All bottles appeared as promised, although each was (strangely) coated with a fair layer of dust. I assume this was merely due to warehousing.

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Which Wine Should I Drink First? (That’s a First-World Problem!) 

The next difficulty proved simply to be the question of which bottle to open first! I opted for the Garnacha-Syrah, a deep-bodied red suitable for these colder months. It did not disappoint:

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Tasting Room: La Pintada Garnacha-Syrah

Despite the hassles of shipping, I realized once again the advantage Tasting Room offers wine aficionados and newbies like myself: its capacity to bring truly delicious wine to anyone’s doorstep, eliminating the tedium and gamble of the grocery-store selection process. Tasting Room’s desire to inform its tasters, particularly in terms of flavor profile and pairings, surpasses even Wine Spectator’s attempts to educate sippers around the world.

For this reason, Tasting Room wine bottle shipments are worth their shipping cost and potential hassle if you like to have several high-quality wines on hand, find yourself wavering in the wine aisle, and/or simply want to expand your fine wine horizons without having to do the research yourself.

Users also do not have to sign up for Tasting Room shipments in order to experience this collective’s offerings. A visit to Tasting Room’s Bottle Shop is all wine lovers need to select the bottles they crave, without the need for regular shipments. (Note: Ordering from the bottle shop does not eliminate shipping costs.)

Tasting Room Cost:

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What the tasting kit looks like

To receive their first Tasting Kit, new customers pay $6.99, (with coupon) which Tasting Room claims is $30 off of standard manufacturer value. (I’d say, more like a $20 value) 

Future shipments (every 1,2, or 3 months) will depend on preferences selected. For example:

  • 12 bottle shipment is $149.00 (+ $19.99 shipping) 
  • 6 bottle shipment is $79.99 (+ $9.99 shipping)
  • 2 bottles are priced at $29.99 (+ $9.99 shipping)

Naturally, larger shipments are more cost-effective, as a twelve-bottle shipment equates to just over $12 per bottle of wine, many of which would cost $20 or more if purchased individually.

It is also possible to buy a single bottle of any of the wines provided in Tasting Kits or shipments by navigating to Tasting Room’s Bottle Shop.

Tasting Room Coupon:

If you’re going to try out Tasting Room, be sure to use their new customer promotion. Here’s the best available coupon to get started:

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New Customer Promo: Save $30!

*Click to view their coupon for new customers. ($30 $7 for a wine tasting kit, including the cost of shipping) 

About Promo Codes:

While Tasting Room does have an option to enter a promo code (it’s almost comically hidden as white text on their homepage!) the best promotion is their new customer coupon giving you the tasting kit for $7. 

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Can you even read where it says, “have a promo code?”

All of the other promo codes that I was able to find on coupon sites give you the same deal, or actually save you less money by increasing the price of the tasting kit to $9.95. It seems that members will occasionally be emailed a promo code good towards a gift set or bottle shop purchase.

Is Tasting Room Worth It?

Overall, I would agree that Tasting Room offers an interactive and engaging wine tasting experience for wine connoisseurs. It is easy to sign up for a Tasting Kit and rank wines accordingly; members can also savor high-quality wines sourced from state-of-the-art wineries all over the world.

Tasting Room seems to be an informed wine collective, too. The wine profiles it generates were relatively comprehensive and gave unique insight into my sipping preferences.

Restaurant or wine-bar tastings typically do not generate such profiles; they are designed for the experience alone, and may or may not result in the purchase of a bottle. I will certainly be using these profiles to order wines at restaurants in the future.

I recommend trying out Tasting Room through their new customer promo. For less than $9, such a tasting experience is rare and worth the small investment. Start small, and stay with it for a month to receive your first 2 or 6 bottles. If you don’t like it, just cancel after a month or two knowing you’re ahead of the game with very little invested for what you received. (Plus, it’s really fun!) 

Tip: 12 bottles may be too much at first

Tasting Room is also committed to flexibility. Members do not have to order a 12-bottle shipment of wine immediately after tasting, for example; they can update their shipping preferences according to budget and lifestyle following their tasting.

It is worth noting that it is vital to update these shipping preferences the moment you have generated a wine profile. Otherwise, Tasting Room will automatically prepare a shipment for delivery. I was not aware of this until I navigated to “Shipping Preferences” and modified my “next shipment date.” Also, Tasting Room does charge for shipping.

*Related: Our Winc Wine Club Review

Negative reviews?

The Achilles heel of any monthly club is that there is a cost involved for shipments. This is even more significant with the meal delivery food clubs like Home Chef, Omaha Steaks, or diets with perishable frozen foods like Nutrisystem.

Ok, so even though there’s a lot of value and fun in the “monthly club” process, some tasters may argue that the price is too high, and they can just as easily purchase wine at $12-$15 a bottle locally without having to pay Tasting Room’s shipping costs. On paper that’s true, but what attracted me to the idea of a wine club is that I’m not very good at picking out wine at the store, and usually just buy something around $12 with a nice label. That’s not fun, and I’ve bought bad wine a number of times!

Another complaint we found from negative reviews is that some tasters may not find themselves consuming four bottles of wine every month.

For that reason, we suggest that if you do sign up to try Tasting Club, start small, and consider opting to receive a shipment every 2 months instead of monthly. Then, choose a day of the week that’s you’re designated “Tasting Club” day to enjoy a bottle of wine.

Yet it can be difficult to identify fresh and intriguing wines from local providers, particularly if you have exhausted community selections. It is also possible to request a two-bottle shipment per three months if you only occasionally indulge in fine wines.

For this reason, Tasting Room is valuable for wine aficionados who are seeking a cost-effective means of discovering and enjoying new wines. Even if members opt only to receive a Tasting Kit, doing so can provide valuable insight into their unique sipping preferences and broaden their vineyard horizons!

Why not give Tasting Room a try with their $7 promotion here?

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Winc Reviews: How It Works, Cost + What Some Customers “Wine” About

winc logoReviews of Winc – Is it worth it? A few years ago a company called, “Club W” set out to be the “Netflix of Wine.” Apparently they did something right, as they reached $1 million in revenue in their first 12 weeks! Well, that company is now called, “Winc,” and they have become hugely popular with wine lovers as is evident with their half-million Facebook fans.

So, being a wine lover myself (with a gourmet blog), I figured I’d use their $25 off coupon (view all) and try Winc out to see how it works. Here’s my review for Winc’s monthly wine club.

First, How Winc Works:

Some years ago companies started to realize that simplicity is king. Restaurant’s like Chipotle reduced their menu down to a minimalist’s dream, (sorry, diners!) and other sites like Netflix, Easy Canvas Prints and Home Chef stripped their sites down to the studs to make ordering a streamlined process of a few clicks. Simplicity is what Winc is going for, too. Here’s how it works according to Winc.com:

  • Winc delivers 4 bottles of wine to your door each month, shipping cost is included
  • Pick your own bottles or let them make recommendations to match your taste. Wines start at $13 per bottle and come with pairing recommendations & recipes
  • There is no membership fee, and you can cancel anytime

Ok, let’s get started! 

Winc Cost?

The costs for Winc are straight-forward, and shipping is “free,” and included in your total. Wines start at $13, so your total cost will just be the sum of the 4 wines that you choose. That means the minimal cost will be $52 per month. I substituted one of the bottles for a nice $20 alternative, so it made my order a little bit more expensive. You can also opt for “Winc Select” which has premium wines starting at about $20.

Here are the monthly costs of Winc:

  • First month: $52+ $27 (with coupon)
  • Subsequent months: $52+
  • Winc Select: (1+ bottle upgraded) $60+*

*The first month price is discounted when you use a coupon. (View all Winc coupons)

If you choose to upgrade to Winc Select, you can choose from highly-rated, more expensive bottles of wine

If you rate 10 wines, you’ll receive a $10 credit on your account. If you refer a friend, you get a $26 credit. Orders of 12+ bottles get a 10% discount.

Ordering = Minimalism + Simplicity

As a new user you’ll just want to click to activate the “4 bottles for $28” promotion, then click the “Get Started” button on the top of their site. You’ll then be prompted with a few questions so that they can better understand your palette. These questions include a few multiple choice prompts like, “How do you like your coffee?”, and “Do you like citrus?”

Then, you can choose red, white, or a mix of both for your 4 bottles of wine delivered each month:

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Choose red or white wines

Now, click, “see your wines,” and voila! They have created a selection of 4 wines based on your tastes:

winc wine selection

You can now click on any of the selected wines to read about them in more detail. Feel free to substitute other wines if you’d like:

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Read about any Winc wine in detail

Winc gives you a plethora of well-presented and helpful info on each wine selection including:

  • Cost ($13 and up)
  • Body: (Full, medium, etc)
  • Alcohol Content
  • Balance (Fruit, earth, wood)
  • How to serve: (chilled or room temp?) 
  • What it pairs well with (fish, red meat, pasta, sushi, etc)
  • Wine description with origin and interesting history

I then double-checked my wine selections by googling them for reviews. For the 2015 Rogue Admirals Cabernet Sauvignon I saw that it got an impressive 3.7 star review. One of the “red blends” that was recommended didn’t get a great review, so I easy substituted it.

If you do want to make a substitution, just click on any bottle and choose from a wide variety of replacements that are sortable by several filters including price.

Want even better wines? You can click “upgrade” and your wine bottles will come from the more expensive, highly-rated “Winc Select” selections. You can switch back and forth any time.

OK, I’m happy with my 4 wines, time to complete my order.

Place Your Order (Use a coupon!)

At this time you just enter your shipping and billing info, and enter a promo code if you don’t already have a great discount applied: *Apply a $25 off code now!new

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Enter a coupon or voucher if a good one isn’t already applied

Ok, for my first order I’m paying $34 for 4 good bottles of wine including delivery. Now, let’s see what happens!

Unboxing Winc:

My wine arrived in only 3 busines days. That’s fast! Here’s what my wines look like:

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My Winc wines

The wines were very well-packaged, and came with a booklet that includes “the A-Z of Wines,” to help you appreciate all of the aspects of wine that you may not have given much thought like, acidity, body, minerality, and descriptions of varietals like “Pinot Noir” or “Cabernet Franc.” Interesting and fun!

So far we’ve only tried the Rosa Obscura Red Blend, but it was really good! Tastes like a $10-15 bottle of wine to me, but the experience of trying something new, learning new things, and being mindful about the wine I was drinking was what I liked best.

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Rosa Obscura from Winc. Mmm….

“Lush with jammy California goodness, full body and an ultra smooth texture, this 2016 blend is what we call a Big Red. Zinfandel is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for juicy notes of cherry, strawberry, cassis, cocoa and violet. Drink this versatile red with a steak dinner…” – Winc description

I did have it with steak, and it was great! I actually have never bought a “red blend” before, but I certainly will now, and that’s the beauty of Winc. While I don’t expect any $13-20 bottle of wine to blow my socks off, I really look forward to appreciating these new wines, learning more about them, and being more mindful when I drink them.

Buying wine through Winc isn’t a “deal.” You could probably find similar wines from better-known brands at your local liquor store at a cheaper price. But then again, that’s not the point of Winc. Part of what you pay for is the experience. Its really educational, fun, and kind of like having a friend who is a sommelier (wine guy) picking out bottles for you.

Personally, I think choosing wine at the store is an intimidating experience, and I end up making my choices based on the labels and price. (Duh!?) Winc gives you well-researched recommendations from sustainable sources, and even provides recipes for meals to pair with the wines.

Getting 4 new bottles of wine each month also means that my wife and I will choose one night each week to enjoy a new bottle, drink it, read and talk about it, and then make sweet love by moonlight. (not sure about the last one!) I really like knowing that a new selection of wines is arriving each month, and it’s exciting like a Christmas gift to open!

*Related: Our review of Tasting Room Wine Club

Get wine-pairing recipes + rate your wines

Go into your account and you can also find free recipes that pair well with each of your wine selections:

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Your wine pairs well with…. free recipes!

Did you enjoy the wine? Winc let’s you rate and review each bottle that you ordered to learn more about your palette and refine future recommendations.

Winc reviews:

Here’s what people like about their Winc subscription, as well as the biggest complaints common in negative customer reviews:

*GOOD reviews:

review goodI’m not the only person to think this is a fun experience. Winc generally does a great job, and you can tell that they care immensely about their business. That’s why most reviews for Winc are stellar.

“WINC has amazing wines and top notch customer service! They recommend wines based on your palate profile you complete and send you wines every month. You can cancel or skip a month anytime. Joining winc has allowed me to appreciate wine more, expand my palate, and try new wines and flavors. I highly recommend winc to everyone!” – Jamie B

Common themes in good reviews include:

  • The monthly club format enables you to try new wines and learn about them and about wines in general. It’s fun!
  • FedEx Shipping is “free” and very fast + great packaging
  • Great customer service and well-run company
  • Focus on sustainability, not cheap wine from big brands
  • The more wines you review, the better the future recommendations to your taste
  • Monthly clubs are fun!

*BAD reviews & complaints:

review badNo monthly club has a 100% rating. Here’s what people don’t like about Winc:

“You can probably do just as well or frankly better at Trader Joe’s for the money in addition to the high shipping cost.” – Ryan C via Yelp

  • Their $13+ bottles of wine aren’t mind-blowing, some reviews describe them as “mediocre” “overpriced,” or at worst “undrinkable”
  • It’s inconvenient to cancel your subscription (you have to call or online chat during business hours)
  • You may have to sign for the package in some states

Is Winc Worth It?

Let’s look at the pro’s and con’s to decide if a subscription to Winc is worth the money:

  • Pro’s: Getting 4 bottles per month of unique wine from small winemakers is really fun. Actually, I happen to like monthly clubs in general, because getting a box on my porch is a little bit like Christmas morning. The wines I got were good, and the notes that came with them helped me to learn more about wine, and appreciate it more as I drank it. However, there’s no cheap way to ship 4 bottles of wine, so $52 per month can seem expensive
  • Con’s: If you live near a wine store, you could, in theory, go pick out 4 bottles of wine for under $40. However, the quality may be hit-or miss, and there isn’t a lot of fun or learning in the process.

So, I’d say that it’s definitely worth trying Winc for 1-2 months because of the great promotion they have for new customers that brings the price down significantly. If you aren’t thrilled after the second month, just cancel, and know that you got a good deal.

In conclusion…

Well, there you have it. Most of the reviews, including my own review for my Winc subscription, are quote positive. Even though some people rightly complain that you can buy similar wine at the liquor store for less money, it’s really the experience that you’re paying for. I mean, it’s a lot cheaper to just drink a Heineken at home rather than go to a nice bar and pay $6, right? Same concept with Winc.

Like most monthly food or wine clubs, Winc is about putting something fun and educational on the calendar each month. It makes you appreciate the whole experience, and not just the wine itself.

Considering trying Winc for a month? Here’s a coupon for $25 off your first order, plus check out today’s best Winc coupons here!

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Have you tried Winc? Leave your own rating and review below!

*Related: Our review of Easy Canvas Prints | Winc named a top wine delivery subscription service at forbes.com

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How Long Does WINE Last After Opening? Red, White, & Box Wine

How long will opened and unopened wine last? One of the best things to come home to is that opened bottle of wine we forget we had waiting for us. We pour it in a big glass, swirl it around and breathe in the sweet aroma.

But when we take that first sip, sometimes it’s not that crisp and bubbly flavor that hit our tongues a couple of days ago. The taste is sour or vinegary, our lips twist and our eyes squint. The wine is spoiled – how on Earth could we let this delightful drink that’s always there for us, down?

It’s okay, wine accepts us for who we are (it does see us sing at the top of our lungs). But, the worst thing is watching our wine pour down the drain (sometimes while crying) – even if it was only a $9 Barefoot bottle. Here are some estimates for how long wine lasts, as well as wine storage advice that explains the Miles Davis photo.

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How Long Does Wine Last / Stay Good?

The cheap wine, (under $20) most of us buy at the liquor store can last a couple of years if stored correctly. Virtually none of this “cheap” wine is suitable for “cellaring”, (storing for long period of time) but it still might last as long as your average canned good if stored properly. To figure out if your wine is still good, start with the year on the label. Generally better wine can last longer, so that ’06 Yellow Tail chardonnay isn’t fit for drinking anymore!

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Here’s some helpful info on how long wine stays fresh / drinkable:

How Long Does RED Wine Last?

  • Unopened: 2-3 years
  • Opened lasts: 1-2 weeks (in refrigerator)

Red wine varieties include: Cabernet Sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, syrah, malbec, etc. Good for your heart and on the table of a candlelight dinner, all of the luscious varieties of red wine lasts about 1 to 2 weeks in the refrigerator after opening. Uncorked, red wine lasts about 2 to 3 years. This gives us plenty of time to choose between all of the subtle notes we’re in the mood for – from violets, blueberry, cherries and even coffee. Red wine is best enjoyed when it’s room temperature and after some time of breathing in some air to bring out the flavors. Sit it out as a decoration and try not to rush it’s beauty!

How Long Does WHITE Wine Last?

  • Unopened: 1-2 years
  • Once opened, it lasts: 1-3 days (in refrigerator)

White wine varieties include: Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, moscato, riesling, etc. The elegant and sparkly white wine is a lot more demanding (one of the only kind of demands I’ll be happy to follow). After opening, white wine only lasts about 1 to 3 days because white wine is a lot more sensitive to light and heat. White wine makes me think of a breezy summer day. Light and bubbly — with notes of citrus, melon, apple and much more. Without opening, white wine can last 1 to 2 years.

How Long Does BOX Wine Last?

  • Unopened box wine: 6-9 months
  • Opened box wine lasts: 6+ weeks

Are you training for the “Tour de Franzia?” Unlike bottled wine, box wine actually has an expiration date. Box wine should still taste fine a couple of months past its expiration date.

*Related: Winc Wine Club: review | coupons

How Long Does Fine Wine Last?

Fine Wine can last decades in a wine cellar, but once opened is subject to the same laws of physics as cheap wine.

  • Fine Red Wine: Up to 10 years
  • Fine Red wine: up to 20+ years
  • Fortified wines: Up to 100+ years

*A fortified wine is one to which a distilled spirit, such as brandy, has been added. Varieties of fortified wine include: port wine, sherry, vermouth, madeira wine, and marsala wine

It’s weird to think that a bottle of wine that has been fermenting since the nineties can go bad within days of opening, but all good things must come to an end. The reason wine goes bad is from the same thing that makes red wine taste better: oxidation. As wine is exposed to oxygen (which we can’t cut off completely after opening), it spoils.

*Related: Does Drinking Wine Make You Fat?

Make Wine Last Longer: Keep It COOL, DARK, & HORIZONTAL (Like Miles Davis on His Back!)

proper wine storage last longer

I just made that simile up, and it’s such a nice visual to remember! Anyway, in order to know how to care for your wine, you need to know how to start its life off right when you take it home. The proper place to store your bottle of wine is not going to be right by your side, but it’s okay, it will still be there when you wake up (unlike other things).

The wine that’s stacked beautifully by name on the liquor store shelves are meant to be enjoyed soon after purchasing and not stored for longer period of time. Wine cellars are the perfect, proper way to store good wine, so we want to try to replicate them. Cellars are cool, dark places with a temperature between 50-55°F (13°C).

If you have the habit of keeping your wine above the fridge, near the stove or next to the dishwasher — stop it! Every time you use one of those appliances, their heat will heat up your poor bottle of wine.

how long opened red wine lastFind a spot in your house where it’s cool and dark and where you can place your wine horizontally. Storing your wine bottle on its side keeps the cork moist, which will prevent the horror of air sneaking into the bottle and drying out the cork, causing it to crumble into your wine.

We’ve all had the experience of finally popping that cork only to find pieces of it floating in your glass (Although this doesn’t stop us from drinking it – I’ve been there).

*Takeaway: “If storing wine properly is cool, consider me Miles Davis!” The three easy steps to storing wine are keeping it cool, dark and horizontal. You can find some fun wine racks on sites like Etsy, or just create your own!

*Related: Review of Tasting Room Wine Club

How to know if wine is still good: 4 Simple Ways to Detect Bad Wine

There is no such thing as bad wine, I refuse to believe it!

  • Smell: When your wine is sour, the aroma will most likely be sour as well. Instead of a fruity aroma, there will be a musty, moldy smell like wet cardboard.
  • Sight: We love the palette of color that wines can show, so I’m sure we can tell when something is off. If red wines have a brownish hue, it’s as good as dirt. If white wines are darker than usual, ditch them. Another thing you should be able to notice as you gaze at the stream of wine pouring into your class is cloudiness.
  • Taste: Just trust your instincts when you take a sip of wine and it doesn’t make you want to smile immediately.
  • Leaky Cork: The cork gets weird when the wine gets weird. If the cork is leaky or poking out of the bottle more than usual, the bottle has overheated.

wine corksHopefully this post has provided some helpful estimates of how long wine stays good for. (In fact, we’re full of good advice, and recently wrote a post about how to ripen avocados faster!) If all of the above is too wordy or confusing, just go by our ancestors’ rule of thumb: “if something tastes disgusting, you probably shouldn’t drink it!”

Also, you can get some great bottles of wine for under $20 at your local liquor store, so no need to go crazy and order expensive wine from Harry & David or wine.com, unless it’s a gift.

Photo of Miles Davis By Antonisse, Marcel / Anefo