Some have wondered, “What is the best way to store an opened bottle of wine?”
This situation may come up when you are enjoying a couple of glasses by yourself, and therefore cannot finish the entire bottle.
A few factors need to be considered, and I will share some now to hopefully assist you in this matter.
Air- The Enemy Of Wine
The less your wine is exposed to oxygen in the air, the better it will keep for later consumption.
If you are only going to be storing the remaining portion for a week or so, you could probably get away with putting it in your normal fridge.
Not only will this minimize the harmful effects of oxygen, it will also make it easier to find room amongst the other contents inside of your refrigerator.
Be certain that the container is sealed tightly, though, whether by cork or some other type of gadget.
Some pricey bottles of olive oil have air-tight caps that you could later use for leftover wine.
Chill Your Wine
I wouldn’t recommend storing your wine at room temperature, even if it is just for a rather short period of time.
You will slow down the process of oxidization in all varieties of wine, be it red or white, when you keep it properly chilled.
However, the temps inside of your normal refrigerator are not ideal for longer periods of storage.
It is a much better idea to invest in a wine cooler or refrigerator for this purpose, as they are designed with the right settings.
The Avanti EWC 1201 12-Bottle Wine Cooler is a nice solution to take on both problems.
Not only can you store unopened bottles of wine lying down, but you can also place a couple of opened selections standing up beside them.
The shelves are removable as well, to provide room for taller bottles if needed.
Final Tips And Thoughts
Here are some final thoughts on how to store an open bottle of wine.
The same goes for any other very bright source of light.
Wines that are more sensitive to light are the whites and lighter red selections. For example, Pinot Noir types should definitely be kept in cool, darker areas.
Finally, think of your wine as you would any other kind of perishable product. Respect its individual requirements concerning storage, and most importantly avoid extreme fluctuation of temperatures.
When all else fails, I just finish the whole bottle in one sitting! LOL
Enjoy and CHEERS!!!