Wine made easy while at home – Part 6
Let’s be honest: this lock down isn’t easy on anyone.
So to ensure there’s a little less whine and a lot more happy wine moments in your home, our homegrown series of tips has come to the rescue.
In this 6th edition, let’s talk about how to preserve an opened bottle best…
LESSON 6: WHAT TO DO WITH THAT UNFINISHED BOTTLE
Take heart, an unfinished bottle of wine doesn’t have to be unimpressive the next day. Here’s how to keep it singing until tomorrow evening:
Give it no room to breathe
Although it’s good to let your wine breathe be decanting it, if you’re not going to drink it all in one go, the key to preserving the life of your wine lies in letting as little oxygen come into contact with it as is possible. With this in mind:
- Re-cork the wine your wine as soon as you can.
- Keep any open wine out of sight from direct sunlight and fluctuating temperatures. The fridge is usually best.
- Do not store opened wine on its side. This only increases the surface area of the wine exposed to oxygen.
If you’re in the habit of storing opened wine bottles, it’s probably a good idea to consider investing in a vacuum pump. These nifty gadgets are relatively inexpensive and help to preserve wine by partially vacuuming out the oxygen left in the bottle after you’ve opened it. If you’re a real enthusiast, the top of the range Coravin uses inert gas to impeccably preserve any wine. It provides the perfect excuse to taste your favourite wines, without having to finish the whole bottle.
What about sparkling wine?
Many people prefer bubbly that’s been opened the day before. Why? Well, it gives the wine a chance to off-gas and cut down on any overly-intense carbonation. However you choose to store it, never try to vacuum preserve bubbles of any kind – it will suck the effervescence right out of it. Rather, grab a champagne wine stopper. This will help to keep your wine sparkling for 2-3 days. If you’re fresh out of champagne stoppers, then improvise by sticking a teaspoon, upside down, in the neck of the bottle. I don’t know why, but it really does help.
How long can an opened bottle of wine stay drinkable?
With the right kind of help, a red wine can be stored open for up to a week. Reds tend to age after being opened more graciously than their lighter, whiter counterparts.
Until next time, happy drinking and may your sanity be as well preserved as your wine!