cava & sauvignon blanc that have been in my fridge, on their sides, unopened for 2 years
Finally cleaned out my fridge today, and found a bottle of cava and a bottle of sauvignon blanc, that have been stored on their side for the last 2 years. Are they likely to be ok? Or do they become corked or otherwise degraded in a regular fridge over time?
As others have said, the 2 years in the fridge is unlikely to have hurt them much. Of course, you didn't say where they were before they made it to the fridge. But the best advice has already been given, pull the cork and find out.
There are two bad things that can happen in a fridge - vibration has a bad reputation, although I'm a bit skeptical. The second is low humidity. This will dry out the cork, which can cause it to shrink and let air in. Air is bad for wine, the oxygen will ruin it. Having the bottle on its side helps prevent the cork drying out though, since the wine is liquid and is in contact with the cork. That's why people tell you to store bottles on their side.
On the other hand, the low temperature in the fridge will help preserve the wine the same as it does any food item. Lower temperature slows down the effect of oxygen and any other chemical reaction.
Thanks for all your comments...will open them and test them out. I didn't buy the cava- I think someone brought it to a party and stuck it in the fridge- and I have no idea where it was stored before it found its way into my house!