There should not be any excuse for letting a drop of good wine go to waste!
We all love a good bottle of wine! Youâ€™ve just had dinner with your significant other, and the half-finished bottle of wine remains on the table. Itâ€™s late, and you both have work in the morning, so youâ€™re not thrilled with the idea of polishing it off right away.
But itâ€™s a good wine, and cost a lot more than the bargain bin selections at the local wine shop. So how to ensure that the aroma, taste and character of the wine remain consistent for days â€“ or even weeks â€“ after opening?
There are several options these days to keep your wine fresh after itâ€™s first opened, from high-tech preservation systems to simple tricks. â€œIf youâ€™ll be finishing the bottle in a day or two, simply re-cork it and refrigerate it and youâ€™re good to go. In fact, aerating wine can actually improve the flavor after a couple of days.â€
But if youâ€™d rather save the remaining wine for weekend entertaining or beyond, here are a few things to know:
Re-pressurizing the bottle is a must. There are several ways to do this. Manual pumps that stick through the cork like a syringe will suck out the oxygen and create a vacuum inside the bottle â€“ necessary to stop oxidation. Simply pump until you feel significant resistance, and youâ€™re done.
Automatic vacuum preservers take out the guesswork. These high-tech devices cost anywhere from $30 to $100. Just press a button, and in just a few seconds theyâ€™ll remove the excess air in the bottle before inserting a wine stopper, creating a vacuum that will preserve the bottle for as long as 14 days more than simple re-corking.
Insert a wine preservative. Just point the straw into the bottle, spray a couple of blasts and re-cork. Comprised of a safe, odorless and colorless mix of inert gasses, usually Nitrogen and Argon, these preservatives create a barrier between the wine and the air remaining in the bottle.
Go pro. A new breed of restaurant-quality wine-preserving systems are trickling down to the consumer market. These systems allow upright display, on-tap-style dispensing and Argon gas preservation of three to eight bottles, so thereâ€™s always a variety of choices on-hand and ready to serve. Wine Saver Pro offers a classy looking, chrome and black, five-bottle model for around $1,000 and a three-bottle version for $800.
These above tips were taken in conversation with a wine expert and a good friend Dan Soskin, founder of PINOT , the wine accessories superstore in Philadelphiaâ€™s historic district. A must see!
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