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.