Are you saying 'after' you open it, it becomes bad overnight?
Position and Peace
First is position, bottles should be kept horizontal in a safe area, where they will not be disturbed. They need be laying horizontally so that the wine is always in contact with the cork, which keeps the cork from drying out. This is important because if the cork dries out then it let in wild yeast, fungus, or bacteria that will create off flavors in your wine. You will also want to ensure the wine can lie undisturbed for a long time. As wine ages, it will continue to change in the bottle and will form sediments. You want these sediments to sink to the bottom of the bottle and stay there so when you pour an old wine into the decanter you will not foul it with the lees. Although a wine rack is not required, it is worth the investment. Your wines can be nicely organized and kept safer from accidental breakage.
Wines should also be kept away from heat sources and temperatures that are too cold. You don't want them stored in any area that freezing temperatures might occur and cause bottle to break. Too, avoid heat above 64F in order to ensure the wine does not get cooked, another way wine can develop off flavors. The goal is a constant temperature, away from sunlight. Dedicating a cabinet area that is low and safe form heat would work well. Also, there are many wine refrigerators on the market that will keep your wines stored in perfect conditions until you are ready to enjoy them.
Light and Humidity
Light and humidity both affect wine to a lesser, but still significant degree. Wine stored in direct sunlight can undergo changes to the plant based compounds in the wine. Very strong sunlight for long periods can have adverse affects on both the aroma and body of the wine. Humidity should be kept high enough to ensure the cork does not shrink from the outside. But too high a humidity will encourage wild yeast, fungus, and bacteria growth that could promote spoilage. Aiming for 30-60% humidity is ideal.
Of course, if you can do it, a wine cellar is ideal. This is not just a generic term for a place to keep wine. A cellar (below ground) is best because generally temperatures are cooler and more constant. The cellar or basement of a dwelling is also protected from damaging sunlight.
You will be rewarded if you take the time to store your wine properly because the bottles will age well and potentially improve as the years pass. It takes little effort to treat your wines well, but it will help protect your investment and make your drinking experience much more pleasurable.
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Where should I store wine after it is opened?cool dark place......not fridge...too cold
i use a vacum pump cork and lay it down again in my wine rack....Where should I store wine after it is opened?
A re-corked, leftover bottle of red or white wine can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 5 days without compromising its flavor. Just take the red wine out of the refrigerator to let it come up to room temperature before drinking. A tightly corked leftover bottle of Champagne/sparkling wine can also be kept fresh in the refrigerator for 3 - 5 days.
How long will an open bottle of wine keep?
Longer than you may think. Dont throw it away! Re-cork the wine (if youve thrown away the cork use plastic wrap and a rubber band). An open bottle of red or white wine will keep in the refrigerator for 3 5 days. A bottle of Champagne/sparkling wine (tightly recorked) will also keep for 3 5 days in the refrigerator.
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I agree with using a vacuum pump, but am curious as to why you lay it down again?i use a vacum pump cork and lay it down again in my wine rack....
I agree with using a vacuum pump, but am curious as to why you lay it down again?
I don't have a problem with longstanding leftovers, if I don't finish what I open the first night, I finish it the next night...
No, I know what the purpose of laying down unopened bottles, but I've never heard of anyone laying down an opened bottle of wine.The laying down of the wine is to avoid the cork from drying and cracking, there by letting in air and allowing oxidation to occur.
I have one of these, since open bottles don't last more than a day or two here, I don't feel the need for a vaccum. I have it sitting on an antique end table near a wrought iron wine rack, it's a good look.
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