Is My Homemade Wine-Turned-Vinegar Safe to Use?

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Q: I have a few bottles of homemade red wine that have turned to vinegar. The liquid has some sediment, has a strong vinegar odor, and otherwise clear red wine color. It seems good, but I'm afraid to try it. It's over 60 years old! How can I tell if it's safe to consume?

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Editor: The wine's alcohol content and acidity will protect it (and you!) against anything harmful, so it should be safe to taste-test! I think that if it tastes good to you, it would be excellent to use in cooking.

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