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Kateykrunch Wed 15-Aug-18 18:47:30

Well, that has got your attention lol! I have 2 bottles of 30 year old Champagne in my cool pantry, its been sat there all that time (unwanted gifts). I was thinking that I would donate them to a local charity as raffle prizes, but I am concerned it might make the winners ill, am I daft thinking this, I know people go potty for vintage wines and champagnes, but that will have been stored in the right way and right temperature, these are just sat next to the peg basket and keys pot and the shelf is a bit wobbly so it might have turned to vinegar or something even worse, any advise gratefully received, thank you x

MawBroon Wed 15-Aug-18 18:56:22

How about drinking one to see? grin
And then opening the other to make doubly sure?

Jane10 Wed 15-Aug-18 19:03:58

My Dad gad a deal with a wine merchant. He'd buy an old case for a reduced price on the off chance that one or two would be OK. Many were duds and undrinkable. Champagne isn't supposed to be kept for long.

Charleygirl Wed 15-Aug-18 19:06:47

Dodgy if they are going as prizes.

Kateykrunch Wed 15-Aug-18 19:17:01

Ooooo right, thanks, I will dump them.

grannyactivist Wed 15-Aug-18 19:57:03

Unopened champagne will last:

Three to four years if it is non-vintage;
Five to ten years if it is a vintage.

ContraryMary88 Wed 15-Aug-18 20:02:06

Taste them first! Don’t dump them, I’m sure somebody would help you open them!

M0nica Wed 15-Aug-18 20:07:05

Am I right in thinking these bottles have been standing up rather than laid on their sides? If so they will be vinegar.

We tell the tale of the evening we worked our way through six bottles of wine and remained cold sober. We were clearing an aunt's house and found these 12 half bottles of wine standing upright in the larder. How long they had been there or why we had no idea. The aunt didn't drink wine, just whisky ( a lot of it). We got the bottles home and sat in the kitchen and opened the bottles one by one. Not one was drinkable so as it was opened and sipped, it was poured down the drain.

Katykrunch, the answer to your query is that the champagne will do no-one any harm, but it will almost definitely taste disgusting.

Greyduster Wed 15-Aug-18 20:10:36

I have a demijohn of elderberry wine that sat in the garage of our last house for nine years. It has sat in the garage of this house for seven! It’s very clear and a lovely colour. I dare not drink it, but I can’t bring myself to pour it down the drain either!

Devorgilla Wed 15-Aug-18 20:12:30

MawBroon, I like your style.

Jalima1108 Wed 15-Aug-18 20:22:58

I wouldn't give them as prizes.

However, we could all come round and test them if you like Katykrunch grin

Greyduster we have three or four bottles of elderberry wine that was made about 15 years ago - stored properly on its side. About three years ago DH wanted to open one but I declined so he and a neighbour shared one bottle. They enjoyed it very much and were none the worse for wear.

Jalima1108 Wed 15-Aug-18 20:30:49

Mind you, I have won some very suspect items in raffles …..

Jane10 Thu 16-Aug-18 08:54:51

So true Jalima! Usually just on or over the 'use by' date!

paddyann Thu 16-Aug-18 09:03:54

I've got 5 gallons of double fermented bramble wine in my garage,its now 30 years old .Smells like a very nice Port but like many of you I'm worried about tasting it

GrannyGravy13 Thu 16-Aug-18 09:24:57

I would definitely sample one 🍾🍾

Greyduster Thu 16-Aug-18 09:37:59

Go on, Paddyann, I will if you will! You first grin!