Oxygen is a frenemy to wine. Oxygen initally improves the taste of wine, but extended exposure can ultimately ruin a wine. While there are several fancy gadgets on the market that can help you remove oxygen from unfinished bottles, if you follow one of our two tricks, you won’t need to waste a a small fortune to ensure your wine will last another day.
You don't need to be a seasoned winemaker or sommelier to properly preserve an open bottle of wine. Use these wine storage techniques to keep wine fresh for days after you open it.
Reusing the original cork: The simplest way for a wine drinker to preserve a half-finished bottle is to plug it with the original cork that came with the bottle. If you have a screw cap wine bottle, this step is incredibly simple. If your wine came with a plastic cork, this task may be impossible. With a true cork, your results will vary depending upon the quality of the cork. Always plug in the same end of the cork that faced inward when you bought the bottle.
With a dedicated wine stopper: Some brands offer bottle stoppers that are pre-molded to fit the opening of a standard wine bottle. Keeping a few of these stoppers around may be the simplest way to store wine.
With a vacuum pump: Some companies offer wine preservation systems that feature slotted rubber corks and vacuum pumps. Using these devices, you can suck the air out of the wine bottle to halt the oxidation process.
Argon gas spray: Argon is an inert gas that, when sprayed into a bottle of leftover wine, can increase its shelf life without impacting the flavor. Use a product specifically designed for wine to apply a spritz of argon before re-corking your bottle.
Keeping the cork in place: In recent years, companies have introduced ways to open red wine without actually removing the cork. These wine preservation systems involve sticking a needle into the cork that allows small amounts of wine to escape through a tiny opening. This way, you can pour yourself a glass of wine without opening the entire bottle.
Usually, an open bottle of red wine will remain largely unchanged for four to five days, while whites and rosés will retain their flavor for two to three. But with the proper care, you may be able to keep sipping on a tasty blend past that.
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