Left over wine, what’s that? Well, I suppose it can happen…
Wine like food is perishable and can spoil if stored incorrectly, but most bottles could last about 3-5 days with proper care.
Once you pop the cork (or twist the cap) and the wine is exposed to oxygen, it begins to alter its color, aromas and taste. Sure, you can stick the cork back in and put it in the fridge, but there are a variety of preservation systems like wine pumps and other cool gadgets that can help maintain its freshness as well. If you have a wine with a screw cap you’re all set!
So, how do you know how long an open bottle of wine will last? Well, that really depends on the type of wine we’re talking about and how well it is stored. Some wines may even improve after the first day. Here’s a look at how you can hold on to your favorite bottle of wine just a wee bit longer.
Sparkling Wine – loses its carbonation quickly, but if stored in the refrigerator with a wine stopper, it should last between 1-3 days before going bad, just fewer bubbles.
Light White, Sweet White and Rosé Wine – these type of wines should always be corked after opening and stored in the refrigerator, but 7 days max, then it’s time to let it go.
Full-Bodied White Wine – if a full-bodied white wine like Chardonnay is your thing then you might want to invest in vacuum caps and keep it in the fridge, but not for more than 5 days, at the most.
Red Wine – The more tannin and acidity the red wine has, the longer it will last. Store your open bottles of red wine in a chiller or in a dark cool place and enjoy for another 3-5 days.
Fortified Wine – Fortified wines like Port and Sherry have very long shelf lives because of the brandy that’s added. As long as you keep them away from light and heat and store in a cool dark place, these wines will last for about 28 days.
Tip: Good wine should never go to waste. So pour any of your leftover wine into an ice cube tray and stick it in the freezer. At any time the frozen cubes can be used to create great sauces giving your food that extra added boost of flavor!