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Wine/tasting chianti 1976


i have a bottle of 1976 chianti classico that was stored in a cool dark closet since it was purchased will it be ok to drink?

Hi Stephanie,

This would only be 'ok to drink' if you meant could you do so safely, which you could as it won't have become toxic. But Chiantis are made to drink on release, or within a few years of that, so I don't think you'll enjoy the experience if you try.

It was never a costly wine and would be impossible to sell now so I'm afraid this is now worthless.




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