Once a bottle of wine has been opened, it begins to oxidize and can quickly lose its flavor and aroma. However, there are several steps you can take to keep wine good even after opening the bottle:
- Store the wine properly: Once a bottle of wine has been opened, it should be stored in the refrigerator to slow down the oxidation process. It's important to re-cork the bottle tightly or use a wine stopper to prevent air from getting in.
- Finish the wine quickly: While there are ways to keep wine good after opening, the best way to preserve its quality is to finish the bottle as soon as possible. Once the wine has been exposed to air, it will start to lose its flavor and aroma.
- Use a vacuum pump: A vacuum pump can help to remove air from the bottle, which can slow down the oxidation process and extend the life of the wine. To use a vacuum pump, simply insert the stopper into the bottle and pump the air out until you feel resistance.
- Use inert gas: Some wine enthusiasts use inert gases, such as argon or nitrogen, to preserve an opened bottle of wine. These gases displace the oxygen in the bottle, preventing oxidation. To use an inert gas, simply spray it into the bottle and quickly re-cork or use a wine stopper.
Storing an opened bottle of wine properly can help to preserve its flavor and aroma, which can make the wine more enjoyable to drink. It can also help to prevent waste, as you can enjoy the wine over several days instead of having to pour it down the drain after just one or two glasses. Additionally, using special tools and barware accessories can make it easier to store an opened bottle of wine, as well as enhance the flavor and aroma of the wine when you pour it.