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How Long Does A Bottle of Wine Last After It Has Been Opened?

Dear Sugar
How long can I keep a bottle of red wine open before it spoils, two days? One week? One month? Wino Wendy

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Dear Wino Wendy
Red wine can be kept for several days after opening if air is removed from the bottle before re-corking. Oxygen in the air starts a process that initially softens the flavors and opens up the aromas of the wine, so if you can, try to finish the bottle before the oxidation turns the bottle bad. If that isn't an option, there are ways to re-seal wine. One is a "pump" where you simply suck the air out of the bottle and re-cork it.

Another method involves spraying inert gas into the wine bottle, which helps disperse any oxygen. It is recommended to refrigerate all wines after they have been corked, even red, but remember to take it out of the fridge at least a half an hour before serving. As a rule of thumb, I would not wait more than three days after opening. Otherwise, enjoy the vinegar!

t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Wow so that bottle of wine I had 9 months ago B4 I got preggo is bad and I cant have any of it huh? jp ------ Jan 23rd 1:08 Am Weighing 7lbs and 7 oz and 19 inches tall!! Welcome to the world Nicky!
Marci Marci 10 years
Well, IF you have leftover wine after opening it, I'd say 2 days tops to drink it before it begins to turn. After that, it becomes cooking wine,and is great in a variety of dishes, but especially tomato sauce.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
it's a darn good marinade if you mix it up with some olive oil and throw some garlic cloves and spices and let that sit for a few days.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Ha! I'm with Deba, who ever has leftover wine?!?
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
bluejeanie, good call on using the rest as a marinade. I never thought of that.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
LoL too! ~* solves everything!~*~
Deba Deba 10 years
seriously talking???? I always drink it all when I open a bottle of whine
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i would drink the bottle of wine in no more than one to two days. you can always use the wine vinegar in a marinade for chicken or tofu. try looking into some boxed wines from australia! yellowtail is so yummy. some can be really nice, as long as you're not drinking franzia. the bag in the box keeps oxygen out so your wine is nice and fresh.
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