View Full Version : Do wines really get better with age?

12-09-2005, 07:50 PM
Ever wondered if those dusty old bottles of wine in your parents' basement have aged to a rustic perfection? After resting on their sides for 20 or 30 years, are they worth anything? (The wines, not your parents.)

Unless your parents are serious wine buffs, the answers are: "no," and "what do you get for glass recycling in your area?" Despite the conventional wisdom that older wine is better, only a very few wines improve with age.

If that doesn't deter you, here are some tips on how to choose a wine that will emerge from your cellar in a few years with a mature flavor while retaining a touch of youthful vigor. And even if you're not the aging type, I'll clue you in on how to store any bottle of wine after you open it.


12-10-2005, 12:06 AM
Sam Madison's whine has gotten better with age... how do you explain that? LOL!