Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, or "Vinny" for short. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette. I hope you find my answers educational and even amusing. Looking for a particular answer? Check my archive and my FAQs.
Dear Dr. Vinny,
How long can one keep a bottle of good French Champagne on the shelf?
How strong is your willpower? Me, about two weeks. Seriously, though, good Champagne can keep for decades, as long as you store it properly (under ideal cellar conditions, not in the refrigerator, which dries out the cork.) Like a dog, Champagne will soften and lose some of its bubbliness as it ages, so don't expect it to be as zippy as a pup when you finally pop the cork.
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