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  By KAREN WILLIAMS, DELAWARE on March 25, 2014
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 How To Store Open Wine
 
How To Store Open Wine


Why Open Red Wine Goes Bad


Oxygen turns red wine into vinegar. Thus the key is to reduce the amount of oxygen touching the surface when storing open red wine. There are a few methods used to prolong shelf life, all based on minimizing exposure to oxygen either by replacing or removing the oxygen or reducing the surface area of the wine. With the necessary TLC some red wines can be stored open for up to a week.


Basics After Opening


Re-cork the wine after every glass pour. Keep the open wine bottle out of light and stored under room temperature. In most cases a refrigerator goes a long way to keeping wine fresh longer; even red wines. When stored at colder temperatures the chemical processes slow down, including the process of oxidation that takes place when wine is exposed to oxygen. Wine stored by cork inside the fridge will stay relatively fresh for up to 3-5 days. This is a good start, but I think we can do better!
Freshness Tips


For best results, store the wine upright to minimize surface area exposed to oxygen.

Prevent dramatic temperature changes which can damage your wine, such as quickly going from cold to hot.

You can warm 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.



What to Avoid When Storing Open Red Wine

Donít store open wine on its side Ė it increases the surface area exposed to oxygen

Donít store open wine by a window Ė because of sun exposure and discoloration

Donít store the wine at temperatures above 70 F Ė better to store open wines in the fridge


If you donít want to buy any wine preserving tools, consider rebottling the wine in a smaller container so that the amount of wine that touches air is reduced.

 

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