Don’t let your open wine go to waste!
October 10, 2017
Some people may be hesitant to pop the cork on a new bottle of wine if they can’t finish it in one evening or setting. So once you’ve opened a bottle of wine, how do you preserve it? We’ve compiled a list of tools and tips to make your favorite vino last a little longer.
- Reseal the bottle. Oxygen is initially beneficial to wine when it’s in your glass but an unsealed bottle can become oxidized and spoil after an extended period. Replacing the cork with wine stoppers are often helpful to protect your leftover wine. There are thousands of fun decorative styles available in stores and winery gift shops.
- Remove the oxygen. An additional tool to protect your wine involves using a vacuum stopper and pump to remove oxygen from the bottle. Take things a step further by storing the wine upright to reduce surface area of the wine which limits oxygen exposure.
- Refrigeration. You may be aware that white wine should be refrigerated after opening, but it can also go a long way for reds. Storing partial bottles of wine in the fridge can slow down the spoiling process and extend the life even further. In most cases a sealed wine can be stored for several days in the refrigerator.
- Cook/Bake with it. If all else fails use the leftover wine for sauces or in your baked goods for additional flare.
Follow these easy tips to extend the life of your Missouri wines!