When purchasing a new bottle of wine, do you also consider its longevity or shelf life? This is particularly important to those who are fond of collecting wines. Even though they can last for a certain period of time, you can ensure that they last long and remain in excellent quality with certain measures.
So don’t be afraid to open that good bottle thinking that you might not be able to finish it and end up being wasted.
Wine and Oxygen
These two have an interesting relationship. A wine needs oxygen to aerate it in order to release its aromas, but it’s also not advisable to expose it too much because it can cause the wine to go bad or become rancid. Yes, you may put the cork back on to protect the wine form being exposed to too much oxygen, but this is no guarantee for a wine to still retain its quality and flavours. For wines that are supposed to mature in bottles before drinking, it can easily go bad if it is not stored properly.
Usually, we simply put the cork back on and place it in the refrigerator. This is actually a good practice because cooler temperatures actually slow down the oxidation process. You can also use champagne bottle stoppes or wine preservations sprays as it help keep you wine fresh. This is perfect if you are one who likes to have a drink or two everyday.
This is a substance that actually comes from the skin, seeds and stem of the grapes. A wine also gets additional tannins from the wood barrels in which it is aged. This also acts as an acidic preservative that is important in promoting the long term maturation of wine. Red wines generally has more tannins, which means that they fare better with long term storing and maturation.
It is the skin and stem of the grapes that contribute to its red color, amounts of tannin and aging capacity. This may be considerably lower in white wines because they did not receive any contact from the stem and skin. With very little tannins to their variety, white wines don’t age well. Usually, they could last for about 5-7 years, with some even going as far as 10. Meanwhile, reds can go for as long as 30 years and sometimes even longer. This refers to unopened bottles.
How to keep wine longer?
When we refer to wine going bad, it doesn’t necessarily go the same way that food does. Stale or oxidized is just as awful to the palate, as a good wine is considered a treat. When consumed, it doesn’t necessarily make you sick, but it is the taste that will certainly ruin it for you. To help you keep that good bottle longer, here are some sage tips that you will surely be thankful for.
1. It is important to re-cork the wine every time after you pour a glass. This is important to prevent the wine from being overexposed to oxygen and hasten oxidation.
2. Keep the wine bottle out of light and store in room temperature. However, storing it in the refrigerator can make it last longer as it slows down the chemical process of oxidation. Wine that is sealed with a cork inside the fridge can stay fresh for up to 3-5 days.
3. It is best to store wine upright so that the surface area exposed to oxygen is minimized.
4. It is not advisable to expose the wine to dramatic changes in temperature. So if you have to take it out of the fridge, you can slowly warm it up by placing the red wine bottle in lukewarm water.
5. You might also want to do what most wine lovers do with their wines to keep them longer. They use cans of inert gas that are usually sold in wine shops and liquor stores. What is done is that they introduce short bursts of the gas form the container through a straw-like attachment before you re-cork it. This envelops the liquid to somehow stop the oxidation effect after it is briefly exposed to oxygen.
Things to remember?
The lighter the red wine, the faster is its likelihood of being spoiled.
1. Remember to keep bold red wines up to five days and lighter bodied reds for up to three days
2. Pinot Noir is considered to be the most sensitive red wines when it is exposed to air.
3. Red wines with more alcohol also last more.
4. Full bodied white wines tend to last longer than light white wines.
5. It is advisable to drink sparkling wines within four hours after opening.
5. Wines that are over ten years old should be finished within 24 hours or less after opening.
With these tips, you are now more prepared on what to anticipate with your good bottle, and how long it is able to last. Wine will serve you on more occasions and maybe for more days when you just store it properly. But also it is important that you know which ones don’t last that long if you don’t want surprising your palate with something stale.
The Standish – Singapore Wine Shop offers a collection of unique labels of vintage wines, spirits and liquors from around the world for the enthusiasts. For more information about us, please visit www.thestandish.com.sg.
The Standish offers a collection of unique labels of vintage wines, spirits and liquors from around the world for the enthusiasts. For more information about us, please visit http://www.thestandish.com.sg/
Author Bio: The Standish – Singapore Wine Shop offers a collection of unique labels of vintage wines, spirits and liquors from around the world for the enthusiasts. For more information about us, please visit www.thestandish.com.sg.
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