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Why can you store red wine longer than white wine?

Answer

Wiki User
06/11/2008

Red wines usually contain more natural preservatives, such as tannin, than whites. This makes them more age-worthy. Tannins exist in the skins and stems of grapes, and red wines spend more time in contact with skins and stems than whites do. Wines can also be imbued with tannin if they are matured or conditioned in oak casks or barrels.