22 Jan 2014
January 22, 2014

Store Red Wine for Longer

If it’s one of those situations where you cannot finish an open bottle of red wine and the thought pouring it down the sink is definite no. There are times when you’ll be left with no choice and must store the wine for later. This article will tell you how you can best preserve wine to make it last longer.
The reason red wines goes bad is because the wine starts turning into vinegar with more exposure to oxygen therefore it is important to reduce the amount of oxygen in contact with the surface when storing open red wine. There are a couple of methods used to extend the use by once opened date, all based on lessening the amount of exposure to oxygen either by replacing or removing the oxygen or reducing the surface area of these wine. With the correct actions wines can be stored for anything up to a week.
There are some simple steps to prevent the wine going bad, the first is to re-cork the wine after every glass pour. Another is to keep the open wine bottle out of light and stored under room temperature. Wine can be refrigerator which will keep it fresher for longer and this even work for red wine. The reason is that the chemical reaction which turns wine to vinegar slows down when stored at cooler temperatures.
Another good tip to keep wine as fresh as possible is to store the wine upright in the bottle which reduces the surface area being exposed to oxygen. Any major change in temperature will cause the wine to change. Here are a couple of tips for maintaining a constant temperature of the wine.

  • Prevent dramatic temperature changes which can damage your wine, such as quickly going from cold to hot.
  • You can heat up a red wine bottle in luke warm water. Be careful not to use hot water, it should only be slightly warmer than room temperature.

Hopefully these tips will help you keep that special Italian red wine for longer.