Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

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Yinon Hever
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Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

#1 Post by Yinon Hever » April 26th, 2019, 9:28 am

Hello,
I've been keeping an unopened bottle of white wine in the kitchen fridge for about 2 weeks. Meant to drink it back then, but never got to it yet. Should its quality still be good enough to drink?

If not and I have to use a different bottle, long should/can I put the new one in the fridge before opening?

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Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

#2 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » April 26th, 2019, 11:11 am

Two weeks or even significantly longer is not an issue.
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#3 Post by Yinon Hever » April 26th, 2019, 12:15 pm

Ok thanks 👍🏻

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Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

#4 Post by R0$$ M 0 R R 1 $ 0 N » April 30th, 2019, 7:36 am

+1 on that Yinon. I keep whites in a regular fridge at the cottage all summer with no ill effects. The only consideration is to take them out long enough ahead of drinking so that they are not too cold when served.

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Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

#5 Post by Otto Forsberg » May 2nd, 2019, 3:43 am

It really depends on the wine. A Mosel Riesling can stay open yet perfectly fine for several weeks, but I've had many white wines turn quite flat and dull even after a few days.

NZ Sauvignon Blancs don't seem to survive at all. For a couple of times I've had a remaining half a bottle of NZ SB turn quite mute and dull after only some 24 hours in the fridge. I've learned not to save them for the next day.

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Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

#6 Post by Peter Hirsch » May 2nd, 2019, 4:21 am

Otto Forsberg wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 3:43 am
It really depends on the wine. A Mosel Riesling can stay open yet perfectly fine for several weeks, but I've had many white wines turn quite flat and dull even after a few days.

NZ Sauvignon Blancs don't seem to survive at all. For a couple of times I've had a remaining half a bottle of NZ SB turn quite mute and dull after only some 24 hours in the fridge. I've learned not to save them for the next day.
The OP is asking about unopened. Not opened. So cork still in.

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#7 Post by Otto Forsberg » May 2nd, 2019, 4:35 am

Peter Hirsch wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 4:21 am
Otto Forsberg wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 3:43 am
It really depends on the wine. A Mosel Riesling can stay open yet perfectly fine for several weeks, but I've had many white wines turn quite flat and dull even after a few days.

NZ Sauvignon Blancs don't seem to survive at all. For a couple of times I've had a remaining half a bottle of NZ SB turn quite mute and dull after only some 24 hours in the fridge. I've learned not to save them for the next day.
The OP is asking about unopened. Not opened. So cork still in.
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Then, definitely months, even years. Depending on how effective the fridge is keeping the environment dry. Even then it takes many years before the cork starts to dry up too much.

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Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

#8 Post by Albert R » May 2nd, 2019, 4:46 am

I've been doing this for a few years with no ill effect. Seems ok to me.
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Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

#9 Post by Matthew Brown » May 2nd, 2019, 4:54 am

Cool/cold options are almost 100% of the time better options than warm/hot for wine. Repeated temperature changes from taking it in and out of storage can maybe dull a more delicate white wine over a shorter period of time. Also less filtered wines can throw more sediment when stored cold, which doesn't usually affect the taste beyond keeping the detritus out of your glass.
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Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

#10 Post by alan weinberg » May 5th, 2019, 10:13 am

no issue. Just stops development.

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Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

#11 Post by Jay Miller » June 2nd, 2019, 10:57 am

Ive had a bottle that sat in the fridge for 5 years, it was fine, albeit undeveloped.
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Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

#12 Post by RichardFlack » June 2nd, 2019, 7:57 pm

No concern about lack of humidity drying out the cork if keeping in ‘fridge for several years?

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Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

#13 Post by Darlene Green » July 29th, 2019, 6:55 pm

I try not to store white wine in the fridge for longer than a couple months. It is best to store wine in between 45 to 70 degrees. The fridge keeps it under 45 degrees, which really is not the best for it. However, not all of us have wine fridges, so we do the best we can lol

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Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

#14 Post by Justin S » August 4th, 2019, 11:41 am

I'd rather keep wine in a conventional food fridge for a few months than at room temperature during the summer, especially if your home can get above 75 degrees F.
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