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Nov 3, 2005 07:31 PM

How long does marsala wine last once opened?

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  1. Use your sense of taste as the definitive guide: if it's no longer good to drink, it's no longer good to cook with.

    1. Not quite forever, but for a really long time, unless you leave the bottle sitting in the sun or on top of the water heater. The original reason for fortifying wines such as port and marsala was to allow them to be shipped in wooden casks in the non-airconditioned holds of very slow ships without going if you've kept the bottle corked and in a fairly cool, dark place it'll be okay for quite a while.

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      1. re: Will Owen

        ?? I have a half bottle , will it be OK, I use it for a currant sauce for pheasant at xmas... and have not touched it since??

        1. re: ciaolette

          If cool, out of strong light and corked, should be okay. I assume this is sweet port...ruby or tawny? Anyway, go ahead, smell and taste it if in doubt. It might taste "off" if it's no longer good, but nothing in there is going to kill you.

      2. Years if you keep it in the fridge (with the cap/cork).