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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I have a box of wine that was filled on Nov. 18, 2015. It has not been opened yet. Is it still safe to drink?

—Liz, Anglesey, Wales

Dear Liz,

Safe? Absolutely. But at its prime? Maybe not. Boxed wines age faster than bottled wines—the bags inside the box are semi-permeable, meaning they allow very small amounts of oxygen inside. Most producers recommend consuming boxed wines within a year or so after packaging. That means that the wine inside might not taste so fresh, perhaps taking on nutty, oxidized notes.

If you haven’t tried a boxed wine lately, you might want to take another look. It’s one of the largest growing categories of wine, with plenty of value, eco-friendly packaging and easy-drinking, quality wines inside.

—Dr. Vinny

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