There are some wonderful merlots, cabernets sauvignons, and syrah wines that deserve a place in your collection. The best red wines improve with age and require proper storage. When the day comes to finally sample your red, you may find that you cannot polish it off in one sitting. Should you dump the rest or are there ways to preserve the quality of the wine even after the bottle is opened?
Why Wine Goes Bad
Over time, oxygen turns red wine into vinegar. Therefore, it is vital to reduce the amount of oxygen to which your wine is exposed. If you remove or reduce the amount of oxygen near the wine, it will prolong its shelf life and keep it ready for drinking. When this is done correctly, a red can be stored open for up to a week.
Immediately After Opening Your Wine
The moment you are done pouring your wine, you should re-cork it. Do this every time you pour a glass. You should also keep your open wine bottle out of the light and away from the sun. Even when you are in the process of drinking the wine, it should be stored in a temperature-controlled, cool environment. Storing open wine in a refrigerator, for example, can keep the wine for up to five days.
Storing Your Open Red Wine
You want to reduce the amount of oxygen that your wine is exposed to. Therefore, you should keep the wine upright and not on its side. Keep it away from windows and sunlight. If you want to store the wine for more than five days, you should consider purchasing a vacuum pump wine preservation or inert wine gas preservation. Vacuum wine savers take oxygen out of open bottles.
Reds That Go Bad Fast
Some wines keep better than others. Pinot Noir, for example, is one of the most sensitive wines after it is exposed to air. Wine that is nearly 10 years old may go bad quickly after being finally exposed to air. In some cases, an older bottle may become undrinkable in only a few hours. Organic wines and sulfite-free wines are known for being fragile as well.
Other Storage Options
Remember, there are wine storage units available that will ensure your wines are safe and protected until you are ready to drink them. At STORBOX, we have all the wine storage space you could ever need. Contact us today for a free tour of our facilities.