How long can you store opened red wine before it goes bad? This is a question that many people have, and the answer isn’t always clear. The good news is that there are several things you can do to prolong the life of your opened red wine.
In this blog post, we will look at some tips and tricks for storing opened red wine. We will also discuss how to tell if an open bottle of red wine has gone bad.
How to Store Open Wine
It’s unusual for me to run out of wine. The prospect of leaving the delectable nectar of gods to go to waste is beyond compare.
However, on occasion, I am forced to store wine for later. So, let’s look at how to best preserve wine and how long it will keep.
Basics After Opening
Re-cork the wine after each glass pour. Keep the open wine bottle out of light and kept at room temperature. Even red wines can be kept for longer in most cases if stored in a refrigerator.
When kept at colder temperatures, chemical reactions slow down, including oxidation when oxygen comes into contact with the wine. Wine kept in a corked wine bottle in the fridge will stay fresh for up to 3-5 days. This is a good start, but I believe we can do better!
- For optimum results, keep the wine upright to minimize the surface area that is exposed to air.
- To prevent your wine from being destroyed by large temperature swings, such as going from chilly to scorching in a matter of minutes.
- You may warm up a red wine bottle by putting it in lukewarm water. Use caution not to use hot water. It should just about be room temperature, so don’t use too much heat.
What to Avoid When Storing Open Red Wine
- Avoid storing on its side – it increases the surface area exposed to oxygen.
- Don’t store by a window – because of sun exposure and discoloration.
- Don’t store above 70 ºF – better to store open wines in the fridge!
If you don’t want to buy any wine preserving equipment, consider rebottling the wine in a smaller container and reducing the amount of wine that comes into contact with air.
Buy a Wine Preserver
There are a few wine preservation systems on the market. The majority of them aren’t effective, while a few are.
I’m down to two primary types: vacuuming and inert wine gas preservation.
The Value Proposition. Despite the fact that vacuvin isn’t an ideal preservation technique, it’s an excellent one for everyday drinkers. We’ve stored wines open for up to two weeks (kept in the fridge) and they were still delicious.
The vacuvin is an excellent gadget for the average wine drinker. Everyone should have one, in my opinion.
Inert Gas Preservation
If you’re searching for a wine-accessory that’s guaranteed to make your winelist more complete, the Coravin might be it.
The Coravin was developed in 2011 but didn’t hit the market until 2014. This gadget isn’t cheap (starting at $200), but it’s a fantastic find for the serious enthusiast. The needle pierces the cork and injects argon gas into its place while extracting wine.
The coravin is a fantastic method to sample your favorite beverages without opening the bottle completely.
Which Red Wines Go Bad The Quickest
- When exposed to air, Pinot Noir is one of the most fragile red wines.
- Old wine of more than 8-10 years – We once tried a 10-year-old pinot noir that went bad in four hours! PS Shame on you for not finishing a 10-year-old bottle if you didn’t?!
- Organic wine or sulfite-free wine is generally more delicate.
- Light-colored red wine varieties such as Grenache, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, and Nebbiolo are examples of light-colored red wines.
How About Storing Sparkling Wines?
Did you know that many individuals prefer champagne that has been opened a day ago to freshly uncorked Champagne?
Allow the bubbles to settle after pressing. This allows for off-gassing and reduces carbonation, rounding out the flavors. (Take a look; let me know what you think!) You shouldn’t vacuum pump sparkling wine, even if it says so on the bottle. It will remove all of your bubbles and leave a huge gap in your spirit. It’s awful.
The Luxe Champagne Wine Stopper is without a doubt the best Champagne wine stopper on the market for the money. The WAF’s unique design makes opening and closing a bottle of bubbly simple and guaranteed not to pop off. Ideal for use at home or in the business.