How Long Does Moscato Last? Surprisingly Different Than Most Think

Last Updated on August 1st, 2023

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Unopened Moscato has a longer shelf life than an opened Moscato. After the beverage is exposed to oxygen, it slowly deteriorates unless sealed properly for storage. Even then, an open Moscato should always be consumed within 3 to 4 days after opening.

Signs to look for if you’re trying to determine if the Moscato has gone bad include color, aroma, and taste. If the color of the beverage looks brown (assuming it’s a red Moscato) or even a yellow (assuming it’s a white Moscato), Many say if the aroma of the wine has changed to the smell of mold or mildew, this is a sign the wine has gone bad. Finally, some say that wine that has gone bad will taste like vinegar.  

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How long does Moscato last once opened (Screw top vs. Cork)?

Wines sealed with a screw top and stored within the fridge stay good for up to three days. There are, however, certain guidelines to follow when storing the wine. First, store the wine horizontally in a chilled environment where the wine can remain completely undisturbed by any vibrations. 

Although corks provide that same shelf life after opening, you’ll need to make sure a wine bottle with a cork is stored in a thriving environment. If the environment has higher humidity levels, the cork could possibly mold or even dry out. When corks dry out, there can be potential loss of the Moscato, and shelf life could deteriorate at a faster rate.

Aside from investing in a wine cooler to keep your wines perfectly chilled, another product is said to assist in the wine’s shelf life after opening. This is a wine vacuum pump. The device is used to remove air that’s inside the bottle creating a tight seal after recording the wine. You can find this product online or at your local wine outlet for around $25. 

What can I do to make Moscato last longer?

Another technique to use that can make your wine last longer is to open it without opening it. For example, there’s a product on the market called a coravin. This wine tool’s main purpose is to act as a wine preservation system. 

A coravin allows you to pour wine from a wine bottle without popping the cork and claims to keep your wine good for up to four weeks. The needle of the device will puncture the cork without disrupting the cork’s material. When the device is removed, the cork’s material is said to expand, leaving the wine you just enjoyed technically unopened. 

What should I do immediately after opening Moscato to make it last longer?

After opening, the absolute best thing you can do is to place it into a chilled area like a wine cooler or refrigerator after it’s been correctly resealed. The chilled environment will slow the wine’s decaying state, giving you more time to enjoy the rest after opening. 

The second best thing you can do is to purchase and utilize a wine vacuum seal. This will remove the air for a tight lock, which ultimately helps to slow the wine’s decaying process, creating a longer shelf life. 

Final Thoughts on Moscato Lasting

A resealed Moscato will stay good in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Corks and screw tops, in general, provide the same shelf life after opening unless other products like wine vacuum devices or coravin are used in the process. If those products are utilized correctly, you could greatly improve the storage life of your wine.