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6 tips for storing an open bottle of wine

April 28, 2015

Warm weather is the perfect excuse to replenish your wine collection. You'll want to be sure you keep a few options on hand in case you have some friends over. When everyone leaves, you don't have to toss a half-empty bottle, but you should store it properly to preserve its delicious taste. 

Here are six tips for storing a bottle of wine that's been opened. 

1. Pump it
Forget the cork and invest in a pump and vacuum. It's an inexpensive tool that can suck the air out of your bottle of wine. This way, it'll taste good as new next time you pour yourself a glass. 

2. Place whites in the fridge
It's not uncommon for people to leave out white wines after they've been opened. But the truth of the matter is that this can make the wines flat, considering they've already been cold. Place your whites back in the fridge after you've removed the cork. 

3. Store it in an upright position 
According to Wine Folly, avoid storing your wines on their sides. When you lay the bottle on its side, you're allowing more of the surface area to come in contact with oxygen, which is bad for wine. 

4. Keep the wines out of the sun
It's tempting to stash your already-opened bottle of pinot noir on the counter, but this could be damaging. Many kitchens receive optimal sunlight, which is the enemy in this situation.

Wine Folly explained that wines shouldn't be stored at temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If your house is scorching hot, it's better to keep even red wine in the fridge, then serve it chilled or use it to make sangria at a later date. 

5. Replenish red's natural temperature
If you choose to refrigerate your red wine, you can thaw it in a bucket of lukewarm water. Avoid water that's warmer than this though because it can make your wine go bad. 

6. Only open champagne if you'll finish it
When it comes to effervescent varietals, you should try to serve them only if you can finish the entire bottle. Although there are products on the market made for preserving open bottles of champagne, the drink isn't nearly as good the second time around.

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.