Originally Posted by mj1
What is the average shelf life of unopened wine? What about opened wine? Does the way unopened wine is stored make a difference? This one was stored upright, but that was probably the wrong thing to do, right? It was also stored in my kitchen which typically gets no hotter than 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
Proper long-term storage should be at a temperature in the 55F-65F range. Temps in the mid 70s for years would not be a good thing.
Typically, wine bottles are stored on their side so the wine keeps the cork wet. If the cork dries out, air can get into the bottle and spoil the wine.
Opened bottles should last a couple of days.