A Sense of Wine

A Sense of Wine is Wine Sense's journal of new products, techniques and behind the scenes info for those who love to make wine. The authors are the Wine Sense staff. You will be familiar with them as the friendly faces that serve you whenever you stop by one of the stores. Join us as we share our insights on new procucts, advice and our experiences. Please feel free to comment on any posts- we look forward to your input!

May 2011


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May 25, 2011

I had a friend text me the other day asking how long a bottle of wine lasts once you open it. I replied “about 20 minutes… then I open another one.”

When I didn’t receive a ‘smiley face’ or ‘lol’ – I realized she didn’t appreciate my sense of humour and sent her the real answer…

It’s one of those questions that has a lot of answers based on one’s personal tastes and experience. But a good guideline is 1-2 days for whites if they are kept in the fridge and 2-3 days for a red.

A lot will always depend on the age of the wine. Fruity, young wines will tend to last a little longer. Aged, more developed wines will fall apart a little more quickly.

As home winemakers we can usually push things a little longer as many of our wines are designed for younger drinking and maintain their fruit qualities a little better. We also for the most part drink many of our wines a little young which helps.

You’ll want to make sure that you re-seal your bottle as well. Your unfinished wine will oxidize very quickly if you leave the bottle open for any extended amount of time. You’ll want to at minimum push the cork back in to the bottle- better yet is to use a stopper designed for resealing open bottles.

When you’re going back to that bottle that you couldn’t finish (apparently that can happen) the best thing to do is:

Give it a look- is the colour still brite?

Give it a sniff- does it smell fresh?

Give it a taste- is there still fruit characteristics?

If your answer to all three questions is yes- then fill your glass and enjoy!



Craig, Wine Sense


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