How long can you keep a bottle of Port before it goes off?

We have found two bottles of unopened port, neither is very expensive but one says to drink within one year of purchase (Marks & Spencers) and the other within two years of purchase (Cockburns Special Reserve). We think we have had them in the cupboard for at least 4 or 5 years. I always thought port kept for much longer than that if it wasn’t opened. Does anyone know if this only relates to more expensive ports.

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2 Responses to “How long can you keep a bottle of Port before it goes off?”

  1. Dr. Em says:

    In theory it should last a long time – they only have a ‘consume by’ date on them to keep the EU happy. Most alcohol will last and last as long as it’s in a stable temperatured environment that is preferably out of strong light, so a dark cupboard should’ve been ideal.

  2. mark says:

    Port lasts far longer than one year. Hell, unfortified wine can last years if properly stored (some can last decades). And, with the added alcohol in port, you get a far longer shelf life

    Drink it.

    Also consider that wine that has gone bad may taste bad but I’ve never heard of a wine that turned that can make you sick. So, the worst that could happen is that it tastes like garbage.

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