I do enjoy a glass of wine after a crazy, stressful day as a criminal defense attorney. I specialize in murders; so you can imagine. However, the problem I have is that if I drink just a glass, is the rest of the bottle wasted? One glass leaves anywhere from one half to three quarters of the bottle left. Is that wine wasted? Thus, defeating the purpose of having one glass after work.
This is a great question, and I think face the difficulty of not finishing a bottle in one sitting.
First, the wine is definitely not wasted! While not the most elegant of solutions, the easiest thing to do is put the cork back in the bottle. You’ll probably have to flip the cork over in order to get it to fit, but this should keep the bottle for another day or two. In fact, some wines will actually taste better on the second day.
I also recommend putting the wine in the refrigerator once it’s open, regardless of the wine’s color. This is simply my preference, but I’ve found that I can usually get an extra day out of the wine by doing this. If it’s a red wine, I take the wine out before I’m ready to drink it, this way it has a chance to warm up a little.
David Honig used to write a blog called 2 Days Per Bottle that focused on the differences between how a wine tasted on the night the bottle was opened and how the wine tasted on the second night of drinking that same wine. David has gone on to do other wine writing over at Palate Press, so he no longer updates 2 Days Per Bottle, but you may still be interested in looking at the blog for ideas on wines that can stand the test of an extra day or two.
While you didn’t mention it in your question, I will also add that most of the wine savers I’ve tried just don’t make that much of a difference. That said, I do use The Corker, and it works surprisingly well, particularly with sparkling wine. It was given to me as a present and I was VERY skeptical, but I find that my reds and sparkling wines will last about four or five days and my whites will last about a week. There is definitely some change in the way the wine tastes, but that is to be expected since the wine is exposed to more air, even in the bottle. However, it is nice to have four days to finish a bottle instead of the two or three days that I get otherwise.
Finally, over the next couple of weeks, I will also be testing a new, non-vacuum wine saver that was sent to me as a sample—Wine Shield. I’ll have to get back to you on how the Wine Shield works, though.
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