Does wine lose alcohol with age?
James Taylor, Sydney, NSW: I have been told that old Bordeaux, and maybe old wines in general, lose some of their alcohol content over time as they age. So that a wine that may start out at 12.5 per cent may be down to 10 per cent after 30 years. Can you tell me if this is in fact true and if so approximately how much they lose over time? This could be the justification to my wife for choosing old bordeaux when one is out and has to drive home. me: No, wine doesn’t lose alcohol with time. The only thing that can happen to the ethanol in wine is that it can turn into vinegar...
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