Wine Storage: Delaying Your Bottle’s Imminent Death

Hypothetically speaking, let’s say you don’t finish that bottle of wine by the time your Friday night Netflix binge ends…(hypothetically, because we all know the truth). What do you do with it next? Maybe you stick the cork back in it and set it on the counter. Maybe you put it in the fridge, corked or not. Or maybe–GOD FORBID– you just dump that last 5oz down the drain. 

After a bottle is opened, the wine is exposed to oxygen. The longer a wine is exposed to oxygen, the more the intended flavors of the wine evolve into something else. With improper storage, those flavors and aromas can quickly become unappealing. Follow these easy steps to preserve your white AND red wines:

  • Put a Cork in It

Not the actual cork, but an airtight one, like these cute and colorful rubber ones!

stoppers

This will only preserve the wine for a day or two, but it lets in less air than stuffing the original cork back in. I recommend using these if you’re just setting the wine aside for a little while, or if you plan on finishing it the next day. 

The best way would be to get vacuum stoppers with a pump, and basically pump out as much air as you can. This preservation technique will give your wine 3-4 more days of life, and BONUS- is a great arm workout!

vacuum

  • Stand Tall

Although you may store your wine on its side before opening it, be sure to always stand it upright after opening it. The less liquid in the bottle, the more surface area oxygen can get into when it’s laying horizontally. Stand it vertically and the surface area decreases.

This is also why you shouldn’t just stuff the original cork back in. When a bottle is on its side, the cork stays moist and swollen. While the bottle is standing, no wine is wetting the cork. As a result, the cork dries and cracks and lets in air.

  • Stay Cool

Regardless of white wine or red wine, refrigeration is best after opening. The low temperature slows down the chemical changes happening to your wine. However, when you’re ready to drink your red wines again, warm them back up to room temperature naturally by leaving them on the counter for awhile or, to save time, run room temperature water from the sink over the bottle. 

 

 

Part of being frugal with your wine is getting the most out of it. Don’t have time to enjoy a bottle all at once? Preserve it properly and you can still get your money’s worth.

 

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Back to School to Prove to Dad I’m Not a Fool

I have just begun my adventure into the world of wine. I started my Level 2 WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) course this week, and I definitely have those newbie vibes of pure excitement and eagerness.

Although I am looking forward to learning all that I can about the industry, there is the gloomy reality of having homework

When I graduated college in 2012, I  remember the most relieving feeling was knowing I would never have another homework assignment again…hehe! But as the years went by, I felt this longing for my brain to learn things again. I missed the routine of going to class. I missed challenging myself. I missed that feeling of pride when I would know the answers to a test.

This WSET certification journey is going to fill voids in my life in multiple ways. One way is quenching my thirst for more education. Another way is helping me reroute my career path to one that is guided by a sincere interest and passion. And lastly, who wouldn’t want more wine in their life? Duh!

This blog serves as an outlet for me to express what I learn throughout this process. By sharing my knowledge with others, I’m helping myself retain it and put it into practice. Just as with everything else in life, use it or lose it!

 

P.S. The title of this post is a Billy Madison reference… in case you were thinking my dad made me do this 😉