How To Store Wine
If your bottle of wine is still unopened, you should store it in a cool, dark place. A cupboard in the pantry seems to be the best place possible. Bear in mind, that wine shouldn’t be refrigerated until one, maybe two days before opening it. These two rules apply to red, white and sparkling wine. Once your bottle of wine is opened (using an electric wine-bottle opener or a corkscrew ), you should store it in the fridge. Remember to seal it tightly with the cork, a stopper (it’s a great wine gift, many wine lovers will appreciate it) or using a plastic wrap and a rubber band. It’s extremely important to seal the bottle as tightly as possible.
If you plan to store your unopened bottle of wine for a period of time longer than a few weeks, the bottle should be stored lying down. That guarantees that the cork will be wet all the time. Cork can shrink or develop tiny
little holes which will allow air to sip in the bottle when the cork is dry. When that happens, the oxidation process starts and the wine will go bad even though the bottle is unopened.
If you have some leftover red or white wine you can freeze it.
Shelf Life Of Wine
While the bottle of wine is unopened and stored properly it can last for years. Through those years wine will age and change its taste a little. Most wines are best within a few years from production date. Quality wines should retain their flavor even for a hundred years. Once you’ve opened the bottle, wine should be drunk within a few (3-5) days. Wine’s taste deteriorates pretty fast so it’s the best to drink the whole bottle the same day it was opened. Sparkling wine might go flat faster than within the mentioned 3-5 day but it will be still safe to drink.
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