A question that I’m always asked about wine is this: how long does opened wine stay good for? The short answer is it depends. Lots of factors play into this including age of the bottle of wine and the wine’s varietal.
The long answer to how long does opened wine stay good for is a bit more complicated. One thing is for sure: once you’ve taken the cork out of a bottle of wine and exposed it to oxygen (wine’s natural enemy), it starts to deteriorate quickly.
So here’s the answer: drink the whole bottle and then you don’t have to worry about it. I’m kidding, I’m kidding!
How Long Does Opened Wine Stay Good For?
Here’s the real answer to the question how long does opened wine stay good for: generally speaking, pop the cork back into the bottle or screw the lid back on and it will keep for a couple of days before you will notice its flavor start to deteriorate. If you put it in the fridge, you may be able to drink if for a week or so. Fortified wines (wines like Port or Sherry) might keep a little longer, but not much.
If you can finish the bottle within a couple of days, you’ll be fine. If you won’t be able to drink it, you can use leftovers in cooking. Check out KludgyMom’s Drunken Risotto recipe or my Steaks With Bacon Bourbon Sauce to use the rest of your red wine and Changeling Chicken recipe to finish off your white wine!
One more thing on the subject…even if your wine gets too old to drink and enjoy, if you do drink it, it won’t hurt you at all. It won’t taste good and will have no flavor, but it won’t become toxic.
But why buy a bottle that will go bad in just a few days when you can buy a box of wine that will last for weeks! More on that subject coming soon!
I’ve covered a few other basic wine questions like:
What Is A Wine Aerator?
How Long Does An Open Bottle Of Wine Stay Good For?
What Does Corked Wine Mean?
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