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(Fox News)   Israeli archaeologists discover 1,500-year-old wine press, 6 unopened bottles of Mogen David 20/20   (foxnews.com) divider line 14
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2013-04-09 08:39:30 AM
Can any wine experts answer this:  I get that wine is often considered better when it is aged, and that some have even drank hundred year old bottles and said they were heaven on Earth.  Is there an upper limit to that?  What happens to VERY old wine?  Does the alcohol evaporate?  Does it spoil?  Or would it be a pleasure to get to drink such a rare thing?
 
2013-04-09 08:59:03 AM
You gonna drink that?
 
2013-04-09 09:19:08 AM

nekom: Can any wine experts answer this:  I get that wine is often considered better when it is aged, and that some have even drank hundred year old bottles and said they were heaven on Earth.  Is there an upper limit to that?  What happens to VERY old wine?  Does the alcohol evaporate?  Does it spoil?  Or would it be a pleasure to get to drink such a rare thing?


The quality of the wine, how it's bottled, and how it's stored make all the difference.  100 years from now people won't be gushing over the quality and value of a bottle of Barefoot someone found in their aunt's attic.
 
2013-04-09 09:27:29 AM
They find any Thunderschwitz?
 
2013-04-09 09:43:34 AM
When I was a kid, one of my friends found a case of Mad Dog 20/20 in his parents basement.  I thought it was really good luck, until the next morning.  I never touched it again.
 
2013-04-09 10:27:42 AM

gopher321: They find any Thunderschwitz?


Jesus' lesser known second miracle changed all the Thunderschwitz to water so that it was drinkable.
 
2013-04-09 10:43:21 AM
 
2013-04-09 12:29:57 PM
Man-oh-Manischewitz!
 
2013-04-09 12:56:26 PM

nekom: Can any wine experts answer this:  I get that wine is often considered better when it is aged, and that some have even drank hundred year old bottles and said they were heaven on Earth.  Is there an upper limit to that?  What happens to VERY old wine?  Does the alcohol evaporate?  Does it spoil?  Or would it be a pleasure to get to drink such a rare thing?


Wine, and whiskey, stop "aging" the minute they are bottled.   A scoth that was cask aged for 12 years then bottled then, say lost on an antarctic expidition and then recovered 100 years later is still "12-year old scotch" nothing else.

In the cask wine and spirits tend to evaporate (what distillers call "the angel's share")  and so, for very old barrels, like say the ones they keep as a standard reference to test new batches against, they tend to add wine to them as the decades pass, so they really aren't as old as advertised anyway.  I've been told that anything over about 100 years or so for whisky is more or less pointless anyway and even ports are rarely aged past 50 years
 
2013-04-09 02:19:45 PM

nekom: Can any wine experts answer this:  I get that wine is often considered better when it is aged, and that some have even drank hundred year old bottles and said they were heaven on Earth.  Is there an upper limit to that?  What happens to VERY old wine?  Does the alcohol evaporate?  Does it spoil?  Or would it be a pleasure to get to drink such a rare thing?


Good wine usually contains a small amount of additional yeast that causes it to continue to ferment after bottling (albeit at a very slow rate due to the sealed environment and high alcohol level), which changes the flavor. I think the cheap crap is pasteurized after bottling for quality control.

All wine, however, slowly turns to vinegar as it ages.

Whiskey, on the other hand, stops aging the moment it leaves the cask. As long as the bottle is sealed and its kept out of sunlight it will be unchanged until Doomsday.
 
2013-04-09 02:21:37 PM
Also the regular Mogen David is some good-tasting shiat and will get you drunk as hell before you realize it.

Ah, college...
 
2013-04-09 02:42:00 PM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Also the regular Mogen David is some good-tasting shiat and will get you drunk as hell before you realize it.

Ah, college...


Jews really should be more proud of Kosher wine than they are. It's cheap, higher in alcohol content, and goes down smooth. It's really the ultimate alcoholic beverage.
 
2013-04-09 03:18:01 PM
I have 4 x 1.5 liter bottles of MD 20/20 at home. That's my weekend gettin' drunk wine.
 
2013-04-09 03:21:05 PM

nekom: Can any wine experts answer this:  I get that wine is often considered better when it is aged, and that some have even drank hundred year old bottles and said they were heaven on Earth.  Is there an upper limit to that?  What happens to VERY old wine?  Does the alcohol evaporate?  Does it spoil?  Or would it be a pleasure to get to drink such a rare thing?


It depends on the traits of the wine. Some wines are meant to age, others you can age maybe 5 years then it goes downhill if aged longer.
Try to find that episode of Jaques Cousteau when they brought up a sealed amphora.
They had about 30 seconds to drink some 2000 year old wine before it went bad that quickly!
If I remember right they spent too much time yapping while the wine was spoiling.
 
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