01/6Everything you need to know about the “open bottle of wine”

How many times has it happened to you that the bottle of wine you opened at the house party tasted a little odd or weird the next day? If the answer to this question is yes, this article is for you! Whether red, white, sweet or sparkling, once the bottle is opened, it will only be good for a day at most. Depending on its type, wine can spoil. Why? Read on to find out more. (Photo credit: Canva)

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02/6Why does this happen?

As soon as you open a bottle, oxygen enters it and comes into contact with the wine, causing it to oxidize (chemical reaction). This influences the wine, although the duration of the process is different from wine to wine. Upon opening the bottle, a person will not be able to see the changes with the naked eye but from color to its fruity characteristics, the wine changes a lot. Oxidation can also lead to the loss of sulfur dioxide, which preserves wine and therefore changes. People believe that if they put the cork or wine cork back, the wine will not spoil. However, contrary to this claim, the process continues, because no closure is tight and oxygen has already been introduced into the wine. Here’s how oxygen interacts with different types of wine.

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03/6White wine

White wine usually tastes best the day you open the bottle. Even as little as a day later, you may already notice the flavor getting a bit weaker. That’s why you can only keep an open bottle for one day. However, very acidic wines (like a Riesling) will last a bit longer, around two to three days. Generally speaking, you can keep wines from cooler climates longer than wines from warmer regions. In any case, it is always important to put the cap on the bottle before putting it in the refrigerator.

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04/6Red wine

It is always said that “the older the red wine, the better it will be”. Well, this is true in cases where the wine is more acidic and has more tannins. Light red wines are best consumed within a day or two. More robust red wines will last a bit longer; about three to four days. In some cases, the wine even tastes better when you drink it a few days after opening it! Tip: Storing opened bottles of red wine in the refrigerator will make them last longer.

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05/6Sparkling

When it comes to sparkling wines, a little haste is required. The wine will be most sparkling directly after popping the cork. Here, too, there are slight differences. Champagne or cava will last a bit longer than prosecco, for example. It’s because of the way the bubbles are made.

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06/6Sweet wine

Sweet wines often last a few days before losing their flavor and smell. There are also fortified wines like Port, Sherry and Madeira. These wines will keep a little longer after opening the bottle. Be sure to store them in a cool, dry place.

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