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Snooth User: crystal blue persuasion

Hello Everyone

Posted by crystal blue persuasion , Jun 19, 2015.

I will appreciate the knowledge as I move forward in the beginning stages of my new found hobby; so I do have a question regarding a bottle of wine that I already have and not sure of its quality.  This bottle of wine was bottled in 1983.  It is Luna Di Luna  Ca' 'Montini' product of Italy; Chardonnay Pinot Grigio 300mm.  Bottom line: How long can wine be kept and is this product still good to consume.

Thank you for you time and I look forward to hearing back from you.


Reply by EMark, Jun 19, 2015.

CBT, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  We love meeting new people.

I'm afraid that I am not going to be much help to you regarding your wine.  Your description though has a few unusual features, though.

 This bottle of wine was bottled in 1983.

Does it actually say something like "Bottled in 1983?"  That is pretty unusual.  If you are talking about a date that is usually prominantly displayed on the front (or neck) label, that is probably the "vintage" date--the year that the grapes used to produced the wine were harvested.  Since grapes grown in the Northern Hemisphere are normally havested in late summer or early autumn, typically, the "bottling" date for a white wine would be one or two years later.


That looks like three hundred millimeters--a very strange metric on a bottle of wine.  Wine bottles will have a volume measurement on them, but that is in millilters (ml) or centiliters (cl).  So, a "standard" bottle will be 750 ml or 75 cl.  A "half-bottle" will be 375 ml.  (I've never seen it specified as 37.5 cl.)

Getting to your question, I would not be optimistic about your wine.  It is meant for early consumption--i.e., as soon as it appears on a store shelf, it is ready to be enjoyed.  It is not an "ageworthy" wine.  On the other hand, there is no harm in opening it up and trying it.  It will not hurt you if you take a mouthful to see if you like it.  If you like it, then color me surprised.  Drink and enjoy.  If you don't like it, open up something else.



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