Does port wine go bad?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Does port wine go bad?”, and tell you how to store port wine. We will also tell you what port wine tastes like and if it is good for your health. We will also mention the differences between port wine and red wine and list down foods that you can enjoy with port wine.

Does port wine go bad?

Yes, port wine can go bad once opened. This is because when you open the bottle, the wine comes in contact with air. This leads to a series of chemical reactions known as oxidation. The wine will keep deteriorating over time once it has been opened even if you seal it with the cork again.

There are many different types of port wines which have a different shelf life once they have been opened and placed inside the fridge. The shelf lives of some of them are listed below.

  • White & Rose Port Wine: 2 weeks
  • Vintage Port Wine: 1 day
  • Aged Tawny Port Wine: 2 months

Port wine, except for vintage, lasts relatively longer as compared to regular wine because it has been fortified.

How to store port wine?

Although port wine is fortified to render it more stable, it should be stored within controlled temperature and away from light. Unopened port wine bottles should be stored in a wine cellar or pantry with temperatures between 50-68 degrees. The place should be dark.

If you want to store an unopened port wine bottle in the fridge, you can do that but do not store it for longer than 2-3 months in the fridge as port wine is temperature sensitive. Fridge can have temperature fluctuations so it might affect the quality of wine.

On the other hand, store an opened bottle of port wine in the fridge only as the cooler temperature slows down the oxidation process and so the shelf life increases.

What does port wine taste like?

Port wine tastes sweet and fruity because it is made with different grape varieties. It is also very strong due to the addition of a spirit to make it stable. It has notes of raspberry, blackberry, nuts and caramel.

Is port wine good for you?

Yes, port wine has a lot of health benefits when consumed in moderation.

Port wine is made with grapes which contain resveratrol. Resveratrol has antioxidant properties and it also acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Antioxidants promote a healthy and long life. Port wine is also said to reduce depression levels when consumed in moderation. 

It is recommended that people should only consume one small glass of port wine per day.

Is port wine the same as red wine?

No, port wine and red wine are not the same. Although their similar colors might have you thinking that they are the same, when in fact they are different.

Port wine is sweet and made from a wide variety of grapes. It also has a spirit added to it which gives a stronger flavor and a higher alcohol percentage. It is usually consumed before or after dinner.

On the other hand, red wine does not have a spirit added to it and it is usually consumed with dinner.

Find out about the different types of port wine here.

What can you pair port wine with?

Port wine can be enjoyed with savory foods as well as with desserts. 

If you want to have it with a snack, then pair white port wine with potato chips, cheese, nuts or chocolate. 

You can pair ruby port wine with cheese like blue cheese. Any cheese that has a strong flavor will go very well with ruby port wine.

You can also have port wine with seafood but you should go for white port wine.

Port wine can be enjoyed with a lot of dessert such as with cakes, brownies, tarts and chocolates. You can also have it with ice cream.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Does port wine go bad?”, and told you how to store port wine. We also told you what port wine tastes like and if it is good for your health. We also mentioned the differences between port wine and red wine and listed down foods that you can enjoy with port wine.

Citations

https://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/growth-strategies/2017/02/everything-you-need-to-know-about-port-wine.html#:~:text=Traditionally%20it%20was%20considered%20an,a%20second%20bottle%20of%20port.%E2%80%9D
https://jugais.com/en/the-benefits-of-port-wine-for-your-health/
https://bespokeunit.com/wine/port/storage/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.