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Wine Longevity | The Wine Virgin
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Wine Longevity

March 7, 2008

Hi, what different types of wine have good wine longevity? - Miriam in Farmington, NM

With all the talk about different types of wine that are specifically made for aging, most of the world’s wines are meant for immediate use. The rare ones that are crafted for this type of wine longevity require specialized storage at a constant 55F. This is way too cold for constant air conditioning and yet too warm for a refrigerator.

Can you imagine the electric bill after 25 + years? We have to recognize that wines of more than 100 years old, or even 50 in the vast majority of cases, are still going to be anything other than a fascinating piece of curiosity and that these are bought by people to be part of their collection.

However, an affordable wine which does have great wine longevity is Madeira. This strong wine was purposely made to survive while even improving during long ocean voyages to markets around the world. Madeira ranges from dry to very sweet and it will last for quite a long time, even under poor storage conditions.

Believe it or not, Madeira remains very affordable for an age worthy wine. They usually start from $20 to $50 for a recently produced bottle sold here in the states.

Here are a few types that offer the best wine longevity: Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhones from France, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Italian reds, dessert wines like Port, Sauternes and Rieslings.

So go buy a few bottles and put them away for that occasion when something from your past can greet you in the pleasure of good company.

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