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Can Lambrusco wine be refrigerated for several months and then safely kept on a wine rack?

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Dear Wine Wizard, Can Lambrusco wine be refrigerated for several months and then safely kept on a wine rack? What is the expiration time frame for this wine? Jeanne Considine Boulder, Colorado Wine Wizard replies: Hmmm . . . Lambrusco is not one of those wines typically made to age for decades and decades, which leads me to believe that your wine, which has been shuttled from fridge to shelf might not be the happiest bottles in the business. Let’s first discuss the wine. Lambrusco is the name of both a grape and the region in Italy where it comes from. Italian Lambrusco is typically produced from the clay soil vineyards in and around the Po River Valley near Modena. Though originally from the Appenines, Lambrusco can also be found elsewhere in Italy, namely in Sicily and the Alto Adige. The grape has been transported, obviously, to the new world, and has taken root in places like Argentina, the Central Valley of California, as well as in the vineyards of curious backyard hobbyists. Being that I don’t know where your