How to Tell If Wine Has Spoiled

June 6, 2013 | By | Comments (7)

Wine bottle and glasses

There’s half a bottle of wine on the counter. Should I drink it, or dump it and open a new one? We’ve all been there–silently debating whether or not to pour a glass. Unfortunately, older doesn’t always mean better. Here’s how to tell if you’d be better off starting from scratch.

– Check the color. Red wines fade and white wines darken when they get too old. If you see brown tones in either, it’s probably past its prime.
– Smell it. White wines should smell like fresh fruits and reds like berries. If either smells like vinegar or raisins, toss it.
Taste it. Take a sip–if you dare. If it has an astringent quality, it’s likely gone bad.

More tips on choosing, storing, and serving wine.


  1. Martha

    Leftover wine….really? Not at my house. LOL

    June 7, 2013 at 11:16 am
  2. DesiK

    LOL, Martha!

    June 7, 2013 at 3:04 pm
  3. Ginger

    Oh, this one is easy! Take the leftover wine BEFORE it gets old and simmer it in a big pan, like a clean frying pan, and when it is reduced, pour it into an ice cube tray and you have reduced wine for recipes and never waste another half-bottle of wine again. You might want to dedicate one ice cube tray to freezing things like leftover pesto or coffee, you know, things that are not water, in case they stain! Thanks to PBS for this idea, btw!

    June 8, 2013 at 12:27 am
  4. Erick Rodriguez B

    Cant you use it for cooking ?

    June 11, 2013 at 11:45 am
  5. Javier

    Well, wine is past its prime long before it starts changing color (or tasting like vinegar!). Wine should’t be left open more than 24 hours.

    June 11, 2013 at 11:47 am
  6. BakingKookys, Kathleen W Curry

    thanks Ginger! Ice cubes for recipes is a good idea.

    June 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm
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    September 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm

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