How to properly store open bottled wine at home
Posted by: 29.01.2018
Wine is the drink of the gods and the pharaohs. It has beneficial properties and a positive effect on the cardiovascular system of the human body. But it is worth remembering that all is well, only in moderation.
In addition, the wine has excellent taste that can be preserved for many years, and even decades. Repeatedly bottles with a drink were found on sunken ships, or abandoned and forgotten cellars, but at the same time the contents fully revealed their bouquet and taste. It will not be a secret for anybody that some varieties only in time reveal the fullness of their taste. It turns out that keeping wine in a corked state is much easier than in the open (we are talking about a real drink, without admixture of powders, dyes and various emulsifiers).
Each variety of this drink has its own shelf life, but the conditions are the same.
Conditions of preservation of wine
Lack of light. In no case do not allow direct sunlight or fluorescent lamps. The most susceptible varieties to light exposure are white wines, but with excessive exposure to light and red wines spoil their qualities.
The correct temperature. Temperature control plays a serious role in the ripening of the drink. High temperature - speeds up the process and at the same time does not allow to fully disclose all the taste properties, low - on the contrary slows down. The optimal temperature conditions are 10-12 degrees Celsius, only strong - dessert varieties 14-16 degrees. In addition, it is worth remembering that fluctuations in temperature will spoil the drink.
The humidity of the room and its ventilation. Humidity levels must be observed within 65-80%. When the humidity decreases, the cork will start to dry and the beverage will evaporate. Excessive moisture levels are also very undesirable, which can later lead to mildew.
Ventilation is necessary, as the drink breathes, and smells near it absorbs itself, which ultimately leads to a change in the properties of the wine.
Respect for peace. For storage of wine is to pick up a room, remote from the effects of noise and vibration.
Store wine is only upright, due to this cork does not dry up, oxygen does not fall into the bottle and there is no oxidation process.
Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid the oxidation process after opening the bottle. It is the entry of oxygen into the bottle that accelerates the decay process. To extend the life of the wine is to follow a few rules, but keep in mind this period is not so long, and each grade has its own.
Wine storage after opening
- Sparkling varieties - up to 24 hours.
- White varieties - up to 3 days.
- Pink varieties - up to 3 days.
- Light red varieties - up to 3 days.
- Full-bodied red varieties - up to 5 days.
- Sweet and fortified varieties - up to 7 days, this is due to the amount of sugar and alcohol in the wine.
It often happens that after the event the contents remain in the bottle, which is no longer possible to drink at the moment, but it is a pity to pour it out.
Ways of preserving wine after opening
Vacuum stopper. Thanks to a special device, the air trapped in the bottle is pumped out and then tightly closed with another cap.
Air replacement with gas. This procedure is also performed using a special device, only this time the air is not just pumped out, but is replaced by another gas that does not affect the properties of the wine.
Transfusion. This is probably the easiest and simplest way. It is enough to find a suitable container, overflow into which there will be no space for air in the bottle. Wine must be poured to the brim and close the lid.
Cooling. Another simple and simple way to save wine is to simply put a bottle of wine in the fridge. And if you also combine this method with transfusion, the taste properties of the wine will be maximally preserved.
Frost. This way of preserving the drink is acceptable if there is no desire or opportunity to drink the drink in the future. It is then necessary to pour it into the ice form and freeze, and then use it in the cooking process, for example, add to the sauce.
Consider that all these methods prolong the life of the drink for a rather short period and do not guarantee 100% preservation of taste, since the process of spilling has already started the oxidation process.