Sherry is a type of fortified wine made from white grapes. This fermented Spanish wine has a distinctively dry, nutty flavor. Sherry is also prepared in different styles with Fino being the driest and Oloroso being the richest-tasting. This wine is often served straight or as part of a cocktail mix. It can be used in cooking too!
Can Sherry Go Bad?
Since sherry is an aged wine, it boasts of a long shelf life. When kept in storage, the wine continues to ferment, developing a deeper, richer flavor. Despite its long shelf life, sherry will go bad at some point. That being said, the storage life of this wine depends on many factors including the type of sherry wine you bought.
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For example, cream sherry will keep for several years while Fino and Manzanillo will only keep for a year or so. Whatever type of sherry you love, it pays to store the drink properly to prevent spoilage. The bottle has to be tightly closed after every use to protect the wine from air exposure. Being mindful of how you store sherry helps extend the shelf life of the product.
Signs that Sherry Has Gone Bad
Sherry won’t spoil the same way as other drinks since it’s been aged. However, the longer the wine is stored, the more it loses its flavor. You see, the wine will start breaking down as soon as you opened a bottle of it. The changes may be subtle but again, the longer it a bottle of sherry sits in storage, the more obvious the changes will be due to oxidation.
Some of the most common signs that the wine has gone bad include a significant loss of flavor and richness. If you see black specks floating on the wine, the drink might have developed mold and needs to be discarded. If fungus starts growing within the cork, the sherry will develop a musty, moldy odor. Discard the sherry if it develops an off-aroma.
How to Store Sherry?
The best way to store an unopened bottle of sherry is to keep it in the pantry, at room temperature. Store the sherry in a cool, dark place away from sources of heat, light, and humidity. Wine needs the stable temperature to age so never place the product near the stove.
The proper way to store an opened bottle of sherry is in the refrigerator. The chilly temperature will delay the fermentation process and extend the shelf life of the wine. Just place the wine on the back of the fridge and you’re good to go. Always keep the bottle tightly sealed after every use to prevent oxidation.
Don’t wait too long to consume a bottle of sherry. This is the kind of wine that needs to be consumed right away. When kept in the pantry, unopened bottle of sherry will keep for 18 months to 2 years.
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Can You Freeze Sherry?
Because of its high alcohol content, sherry does not keep well in the freezer unless your freezer is extra cold. Fortified wine won’t keep well in a conventional freezer. So while you can store this wine in the freezer, there’s a good chance that you’re ruining the product by freezing it.
Assuming that you have a cold freezer, you need to transfer the product to a plastic container prior to freezing.
Sherry is the perfect wine to enjoy on special occasions or a party! Keeping a bottle on hand is always a smart idea. Now that you know how to store sherry properly, you can buy bottles of the wine and never worry about spoilage!