Although the very thought seems crazy, there are times when one can’t finish a bottle of wine in one night. To waste the sweet nectar of gods is an even more preposterous idea, so what do you do? You have to store the wine, but to store it properly is the key to preserving your wine to taste as good from the first glass to the last.
To make your wine last, re-corking it correctly is key. It may seem more natural to put in the ‘clean’ side seeing as it fits easier, but resist! The stained side has already been exposed to the wine; the ‘clean’ side may not be as clean as you think and can taint the remaining wine especially if you don’t plan to drink it for a day or two.
If you had leftover chicken would you put it in the refrigerator or would you leave it on the counter? You would put it in the refrigerator, correct? The same rule applies to wine. The cool temperature will slow down the process of wine breaking down. Take that wine off the counter and put it in the fridge!
*When you put your wine in the fridge, forgo the special wine holder your refrigerator came with and store that bottle upright. When it’s time to use it again, warm it up slowly to room temperature by putting it in a bowl of warm water.
Consider storing your remaining wine in a smaller bottle. Air flattens wine, lessening flavors and aromas; the smaller bottle will minimize the effects even if there’s a little air at the top.
If half-drank bottles of wine are the norm for you, you may want to invest in a Coravin. The Coravin pierces the wine cork with a needle then pressurizes it with argon. After you’ve poured the wine, you remove the needle and the cork reseals itself. At $299.00, the Coravin is best for those of you who enjoy a high-end bottle of wine as opposed to the general Barefoot population.
Which red wines go bad the quickest? Pinot Noir hands down is one of the most sensitive wines. If you must have a bottle, try to share it to finish it off. Older wines (over 8-10 years) will go bad quickly; organic or sulfite-free wines, and light colored reds like Zinfandel, Sangiovese, or Nebbiolo are also very sensitive.
If you’re reading this too late and have already stored your wine in every wrong way, fear not! These wines make great additions to your dinner! Use wine in soups to add depth to the taste; add to sauces, and creams, or mix with oil to create a delicious dressing!