How to Store Red Wine After Opening :- Wine tips
How to store red wine after opening? That’s a question many people ask about so don’t feel bad if you are not sure how you should store an opened bottle of red wine. In this article, you’ll find tips for storing opened bottles of red wine.
Alright, please indulge me as I get the obvious joke out of the way right at the start. Store it in your belly (for a while at least)! Finish the wine!
How to Store Red Wine After Opening?
OK, I know it's not always practical or possible to finish a bottle completely. Sometimes you may just want one glass of wine or perhaps you are on your second or even third bottle and realize you are not going to finish.
No matter the reason, the question remains of how to store red wine after opening a bottle.
Let’s get started.
Can Red Wine Go Bad?
Yes, especially once you uncork the bottle. Even corked wine can and go bad over time if not stored properly. Once you open the bottle, you need to take proper steps if you don’t finish the bottle and plan to enjoy the wine at a later time still.
Why Does Red Wine Go Bad?
If you can't remember anything from this article, remember that oxygen is an enemy to your wine. Once you uncork a bottle, swoosh, the oxygen enters the bottle and starts doing it’s thing, feeding the bacteria and eventually turning the wine into vinegar.
At the very beginning and for the first few hours the air helps with the aroma and taste as the oxygen helps unleash fruity flavors that have been bottled up. But don’t be fooled for too long, at the same time you are enjoying the beautiful taste and aroma of a freshly opened bottle of wine, the process of oxidation is already starting.
The oxidation eventually causes the wine to go through a chemical reaction that results in a more dull, brownish color and the wine loses it’s fruitiness and aroma as it slowly morphs to vinegar.
It should be apparent now that the key to preserving an open bottle is to minimize contact with oxygen. But how?
Storing Red Wine After Opening
Tip # 1
Re-cork the bottle after pouring a glass. If you have no intentions of drinking more than one glass, then there’s little reason to leave the cork out of the bottle. The same holds true if you pour 2 or 3 glasses, put the cork back in. If you have trouble getting the cork back in, try inserting the other end. Sometimes the cork inside the bottle will swell up a little bit when removed.
Tip # 2
When you put the wine away, store it upright. Leaving an opened wine bottle on its side exposes more of the wine to oxygen (not to mention the increased chances of leaking). The vertical position minimizes the amount of wine that comes in contact with the oxygen.
Tip # 3
If you have a smaller container that seals perfect, you can pour the wine into it, perhaps even a mason jar. The concept is the higher you can fill up the bottle towards the sealing mechanism, the less air left in the bottle, which is a good thing.
Tip # 4
Refrigerate. The cooler temperatures help to slow down the chemical reactions that happen with oxidation. Since this site is about wine coolers, hopefully, you have a wine cooler that allows you to store a bottle or two in the vertical position. In a pinch, stick the bottle (vertically) in your refrigerator if it’s only going to be a day or two. Just remember to let it warm a bit before you drink it.
Tip # 5
Use common sense. Remember few things you learned here about wine storage. Keep wine out of direct sunlight. Avoid temperature swings, keep it below 70˚F if you cannot refrigerate and when time comes to drink it again, don’t sink it in a bucket of hot water to warm it rapidly. Give it some time to warm naturally.
Here is a short video explains how to store red wine after opening
How to Store Red Wine After Opening? (Conclusion)
As you could see from the tips above, it's not a rocket science when it comes to storing red wine after opening the bottle. Just remember that air (oxygen) is the enemy to wine preservation. Try whatever you can do to minimize the exposure of wine to oxygen is essential.The tips above are simple things you can do to help preserve your wine using just the wine bottle and cork or perhaps using another container entirely without having to buy additional products.
Keeping wine opened is not an actual science, but as a general rule of thumb if you follow the tips discussed in here you could still preserve your wine which was opened 2-3 days before.