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Oct 4, 2013 02:14 PM

Can I use 2-year old unopened TJ's wine?

I know the line "If you wouldn't drink it, don't use it," but I don't drink wine at all--just never developed the sophisticated taste buds for it. I'm going to be trying a CI recipe for braised turkey in white wine and while I went ahead and bought a white wine to use, I just remembered that I've had some 2-buck Chuck in the wine holder of my baker's rack for probably nigh on 2 years now. Should I keep it as a decorative element or go ahead and use one of the old ones up before using the one I just bought?

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  1. I'd say... open it up and check it out. It'll either be fine for cooking or the start of some nice vinegar?!? Think the line "if you wouldn't drink it..." often refers to stuff from supermarket labled "cooking" wine... nasty stuff.

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    1. re: kseiverd

      Would it smell vinegar-y if it's not good to use for cooking?

      1. re: Thanks4Food

        It might, but might not. Can you swig a little and spit it out? You can tell pretty easily.

    2. Sure, use it, but it will cost $3 bucks to replace it.

      1. Most wine is fine when stored unopened for years, and much of it requires just that. Less so for whites than reds, in general. Of course yours has not been stored in ideal conditions, but will probably be fine for cooking. Taste and sniff. If it's not objectionable, use it for your braise.

        I routinely cook with refrigerated opened wine. Sometimes it's there for more than a year. It's never turned to vinegar or spoiled in any way, just not good enough flavor for drinking.

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        1. re: greygarious

          I have to disagree. The cheaper the wine the less it lasts, certainly not for years. Buy some new cheap wine to prevent a ruined dish. I just reread the op, two years is probably okay, but the mind wanders, it could be more like 3 or 4 years. I've done this with stuff in the pantry, and when I look at the dates I realize I've had it a lot longer than I thought.

        2. that stuff has a stelvin closure, right? screwtop wine doesn't go off just sitting around. other than the fact it didn't taste very good when you bought it, it should be sound.

          1. Is your wine in a cool area of the kitchen? My friend spoiled several bottles because her wine rack was ontop of her fridge near the oven so it fot warm/cool/warm and turned vinegary.
            Otherwise no problem to use it for the recipe