Feb 272012
 
dusty bottles

Photo Credit: Vineyard Brands

I answer a ton of questions about wine for Allexperts.com.  I do it for two reasons.  The first one is that I like the idea of making wine a little friendlier to people who want to know more.

The second reason is that I love to know what consumers are thinking, and worrying about.

And right now, I am worrying about consumers.

About ninety percent of the questions I get are from people who have old bottles of wine or spirits, hoping that they have a rare and valuable treasure.

They don’t.

I don’t know if it’s because of the plethora of Antiques Roadshow imitators on television, but suddenly the world is filled with bottles that were never worth much to begin with, and aren’t any better after thirty years under somebody’s sink.

But hope springs eternal, and the questions keep coming.

So just to clarify:  if it’s old and distilled, the alcohol level is so high that it hasn’t changed–in character or value.

And if it’s wine, it’s almost certain that you should have opened it up within a few years of when you bought it.

Keep those emails coming!

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