It's not that unusual to open up a bottle of wine only to realize that you can’t, or didn't, actually finish it. Whether it's after a dinner party and there's a bit of leftover wine or you just became too tired and didn't finish the bottle, don't worry. There is no need to pour the leftover wine down the drain. In this article, we will be talking about how to properly save and revive opened bottles of wine.
How long does wine last after opening?
Contrary to popular belief, low-quality and high-quality wines have approximately the same shelf life once they have been opened (3-5 days). So, the quality of the wine itself has nothing to do with its ability to stay fresh for longer. The only factor that plays a part in how long a wine can stay fresh after it has been uncorked is the lightness or the heaviness of the wine. Let's have a look at different types of wines and see how long they can stay fresh.
How long is red wine good for after opening?
Most red wines can stay fresh for 3-5 days after opening, provided that they stay in a cool place with a cork. Light wines with fewer tannins, like Pinot Noir or Pinotage, will spoil faster than rich red ones, like Shiraz or Zinfandel. Some rich red wines that have spent a lot of time in barrels and bottles might even taste better after a day of opening, as the oxygen that will come in contact with the wine will help revive some aromas, much like decanting.
How long does white wine last after opening?
Light white and rosé wines can stay in the fridge for 3–7 days with a cork and they'll still be drinkable. However, you might notice that the taste has changed as the wine starts to oxidize. Full-bodied white wines like oak-aged Chardonnays will stay fresh for 3-5 days in the fridge if they are corked. The reason why these wines can deteriorate faster is that during their winemaking processes they are more exposed to oxygen. Therefore, any extra amount can swiftly spoil them.
How long does sparkling wine last opened?
Bubbly wines will quickly go bad in a matter of hours if you don't have any special equipment, like a sparkling wine stopper, to help them stay fresh. Finishing it the next day is ideal, but up to three or four days, stored in the fridge with a stopper, will be fine. This happens because the bubbles in the wine can quickly disappear. Think of it as leaving a can of soda on your counter for a couple of days. Drinking it wouldn't be a pleasant experience.
How long does fortified (Port or Sherry) wine last after opening?
Fortified wines like Port or Sherry have a shelf life of up to a month after opening. This is because the added alcohol that is used to make this type of wine doesn't allow the oxidative process to begin that fast. Keep them in a cool place with a cork on them and you'll have no problem keeping them fresh.
How to extend the life of opened bottles of wine.
● Store the wine properly
First of all, you can record it or use a wine stopper to minimize its contact with oxygen. Also, keep it in a place where it's not exposed to sunlight or heat. Heat and exposure to large amounts of oxygen play an important role in speeding up the oxidation process. Keep your opened wine away from windows and surfaces that can get very hot, like your stove, and it will stay fresh. If needed, then you should put it in the fridge.
● Use a vacuum pump
Vacuum pumps are widely available and very simple to use. That’s why this is one of the most widely used options. They work by sucking the air out of the bottle, thus removing the oxygen and making the wine less prone to oxidation. However, this process might not be ideal for all types of wine, as it doesn’t remove all of the oxygen in the bottle. A vacuum pump is mostly recommended if you know that you’re going to consume the leftover wine the next day.
● Use a gas preservation system
A gas preservation system works by inserting a gas, usually argon, into the bottle. These gasses are inert, which means that they do not interact with the wine, but offer a protective layer by taking the place of oxygen. These preservation systems can be pricey and you might not find yourself using them that often, so it’s important to consider the pros and cons before making a purchase.
How to revive or restore your open wine?
Whether you use one of the suggestions above to prolong the life of your open wine or you just haven't invested in one of these options, there is another way to enjoy your open wine. Bring the wine back to life. In addition, you will get the added benefit of removing histamines and sulfites from your wine.
● Use PureWine products
PureWine uses cutting-edge technology to offer wine-lovers affordable products that can help enhance and revive wine.
The Wave™ is a great single-use gadget for wine lovers. It aerates the wine while you pour it, minimizing the exposure to large amounts of oxygen while also eliminating the need for the long process of decanting. It’s also wise to have around if you often find yourself keeping opened bottles of wine in the fridge, as it can help restore oxidized wines.
If you’re looking for a reusable gadget, PureWine has you covered. The Phoenix™ offers the same advantages as The Wave, but it’s also eco-friendly. With these products, you can say goodbye to worrying about leftover bottles of wine.
Not only that, but every product of PureWine, including The Wand™, removes sulfites and histamines found in most wines, eliminating wine headaches and allergies. Now every bottle of wine can be even greater.
Saving Opened Wine - Conclusion
While drinking wine is a pleasurable experience, we understand that having leftover wine by the end of the night is not that uncommon. Hopefully, this article has helped you understand how to properly store each type of wine after and before opening to keep it fresh for as long as possible.
There are a variety of different tricks and gadgets that can help you extend the life of an opened bottle of wine, depending on the style you enjoy the most and your budget. If you’re looking for a product than can aerate and purify a wine, while also being able to revive a leftover bottle that has stayed in your fridge for a little longer than expected, then PureWine is here to cover your demands. Cheers!