To Save or Not to Save?
Once you’ve opened a bottle of wine, you really should drink it within 3-5 days for the freshest flavor. But, if that’s not possible, you can do some things to preserve it’s taste and quality once it’s been opened. Note that Pinot Noir is one of the most sensitive wines and will start to change in flavor faster than other wines. With this in mind, here are some preservation tips for what to do with leftover wine.
Once a wine has been opened, be sure to recork it after every pour. The cork helps to air to stay out of the wine, which will cause it to change in taste and aroma. Furthermore, once the wine has been opened, avoid storing it on its side, this can further increase its exposure to air. Avoid storing it by a window (to prevent sun exposure), and don’t store it above 70 degrees F. If you have a wine cooler, put the corked bottle back in there for storage.
You can also purchase a smaller bottle to rebottle the unopened wine. The biggest issue for opened wine is air/oxygen. If you have a smaller bottle of wine, the amount of wine that touches air is reduced.
Wine Preserving Tools
You can purchase bottle stoppers and covers to prevent air for seeping into the wine bottle. While these are not guaranteed to let you store opened bottles of wine for months on end, then can help with reducing the amount of oxygen that gets in the bottle. They may also work better than the cork itself, since they provide a tighter seal on the bottle. There are different stoppers for different types of wine. For example, you’ll want a specific stopper for sparkling wine or champagne that will contain the bubbles.