Storing Opened Wine, All the Secrets Revealed
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Storing Opened Wine, All the Secrets Revealed

Storing Opened Wine, All the Secrets Revealed

Wine is one of those drinks that you can enjoy any time. In summer or winter, at a pool party or at a formal table, wine can do it all, meaning it is a reliable partner for all your dinner parties and get-togethers. The thing is, sometimes you end up with an opened bottle of unfinished wine. What to do with it? How do you keep wine fresh after opening?

Here’s all you need to know about storing and keeping opened bottles of wine safely. After all, you know you don’t want to waste a single drop!

How to Store Opened Wine?

Knowing how to keep wine after opening is a critical skill to master. No one likes to go back to that unfinished bottle to find it turned into vinegar!

Let’s start with red wine because it’s the most resilient wine style. How to store opened red wine? Thanks to red wine’s pigments and tannins (the gritty particles that make your mouth feel sandy), it is more resistant to wine’s most dangerous enemy: oxygen. The air oxidizes wine stripping it from its fresh fruit aromas and allows bacteria to settle in — the type of bacteria that turns alcohol into vinegar.



White wine is a bit more susceptible than red wine because it lacks all those protective compounds found in red wine. How to store white wine after opening? The best way to preserve wine, both red and white, is to close your opened bottles with a cork and keeping them in the fridge for up to three days. It should be just fine. If there’s too little wine left in the bottle, transfer it to a smaller bottle to reduce oxygen exposure.

Leavening opened wine bottles at room temperature overnight might be enough to ruin them, so store them as soon as you’re done for the night. Once the wine goes bad, there’s no going back.

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What to Do with Wine After Opening? If You Don’t Drink It, Of Course.

Once you open a bottle of wine, you should drink it all (responsibly); there’s no other way around it. If you have leftover wine, store it as mentioned above. What if it’s too late, and the wine smells funky?

Once the wine loses its freshness, you won’t enjoy drinking it. Not that it will upset your stomach or anything, but it’s just not as tasty. The good news? You can still make good use of it!



Add a splash of white wine to some mussels or sautéed shrimp for a lovely French-inspired dish. Or add it to your Alfredo sauce the next time you make pasta. Red wine is glorious on tomato-based spaghetti sauce, and it will liven meat stews as well.

If the wine turns into vinegar, mix it with olive oil and aromatic herbs for a mean salad dressing. Now, go on and order a few more bottles of fresh wine at and don’t let it go bad. Call some friends over and enjoy those bottles to the last drop!

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