Wine is becoming increasingly popular in the US, with a 16% increase in wine sales seen across the market in 2021. If you are a wine drinker, you might be wondering how long your wine will last if you don’t polish off the bottle in one go.
The good news is that there are various methods to preserve wine and keep it at its best. Read on to find out more about how to save wine and about the best wine preservation system out there to keep your wine fresh, even for a long time after you have opened the bottle.
How Long Does Old Wine Last?
Most wine will only keep for a couple of days after the bottle has been opened before it starts to spoil. To keep opened wine fresh, you should reseal it, either by putting the cork back in or screwing the cap back on and keeping it in the fridge. This applies even to red wine, contrary to popular belief. Just make sure that you bring it back to room temperature before drinking it.
Even if you store wine properly after it’s been opened, it still will only be good for two or three days. If you prefer to take a little longer to finish a bottle, you may want to consider a wine preservation system.
What Is a Wine Preservation System?
When a bottle of wine is left open for more than a short time, the contact that it has with the air causes it to oxidize. This is what spoils it and stops it from staying fresh.
A wine preservation system is a tool that operates either mechanically or electronically to reduce or minimize the amount of oxygen that gets into contact with the remaining wine in the bottle. This is done either by creating a vacuum inside the bottle by sucking air out or by pushing in other gases such as argon or nitrogen. This creates a protective layer over the surface of the wine.
How to Choose the Best Wine Preservation System
The type of wine preservation system you should choose will depend on your needs. But the simplest is generally the mechanical type which operates as a manual pump. It is fitted over the top of the bottle and pumped multiple times to suck air out of the bottle. This option is a good choice if you want something portable and affordable. It’s not a suitable option for sparkling wines, though.
There are more sophisticated options available that work without you even having to remove the cork of the bottle. And there are plenty of options for sparkling wines too.
Keeping Your Wine Fresh
Now that you know how to choose the best wine preservation system for your needs, your wine will always be fresh and palatable, long after you first open the bottle.
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