Wine Talk

Snooth User: nicktea

A beginner question about leftover wine.

Posted by nicktea, Jun 24, 2010.

So, I'm kind of new to drinking and enjoying wine.  I'm 23 years old.  I know the wine that I have needs to be served around, or a touch cooler than, room temperature.  I normally don't drink more than a glass of wine with my meal, and I would like to save the rest for more meals to come.  Is it bad to keep taking the same wine out of the refridgerator and let it get up to temperature or should I just drink the leftover wine at the cold temperature it is?  Or should I not even put the wine in the fridge to begin with? I know I could use the leftover wine to cook with, but I would rather drink it!


Reply by ndulyn, Jun 24, 2010.

It depends if it's white or red. Each is served at varying temps depending on the varietal but for simplicity, whites are best at 50-55º while reds are served 57-64º. I store my reds in a refrigerator once opened for no more than 3 days. Occasionally, it can be ok another day or 2 but I don't like to chance it. If you only drink one glass at a time (which can 4-6 glasses a bottle depending on your pour), let the wine get to the correct temp in the glass before enjoying. The bottle should go right back to the fridge. Though temp changes are not good for wine, excessive movement affects the taste more. As for whites, surprisingly, I found the lighter ones tend to stay in the fridge up to 2 weeks! And again, let the wine adjust its temp in the glass keeping the bottle out as little as possible. I hope that helps!

Reply by Degrandcru, Jun 24, 2010.

I often drink a bottle over the period of 2 days. I just put the same cork back in and put it in the fridge. If its red, I take it out of the fridge about half an hour before the meal (if I forget taking it out I just start drinking it cold, it gets warmer quickly in the glass anyhow).

If its white I take the broken bottle right out of the fridge. That works for me, I certainly don´t always meet the recommended drinking temperature, but it is also interesting to see how the same wine tastes at different temperatures.

Reply by nicktea, Jun 24, 2010.

Thanks guys!  Those are very reasonable responses.  I just like to drink what I have at the desired temps.  I know you don't always have to, but I know I would drink a red at room temperature than ice cold.  Thanks Again!

Reply by brinko99, Jun 25, 2010.

I found some 250ml juice bottles that I use to store leftover wine.  Each holds 1/3 of a bottle, so you can drink a third of a bottle each night for three nights without much quality loss.

Typically I keep the remaining bottles in the refrigerator.  If I'm impatient to wait for the wine to warm up, I put one of the juice bottles in the sink with some water running over it.

Reply by Andrew46, Jun 25, 2010.

All good advice.  I also find it interesting to see how a red wine changes over a period of a few days re-corked on the counter.  Lots of the wines I have done this with are better after being open for 2 days than they were when first opened.  Particularly wines which are a bit young for how structured they are.

Reply by CageyT, Jun 25, 2010.

Beware of "room temp"-- most homes are 70 degrees or more.  Many people I know here in the Finger Lakes serve reds at "room temp" and are certainly not doing these already beleaguered wines any favors.  My two cents---your mileage may vary. 

Reply by judydeaton, Jun 25, 2010.

Maybe I shouldn't tell you this in my first post:  But I drink my wine (red or white) for two days.  Then the rest I refrigerate and make wine jelly that weekend.   It is wonderful over cream cheese with crackers!  

Reply by StevenBabb, Jun 25, 2010.

i have a question, and just curious, why are you putting red wine in your fridge? is it a wine fridge?

ndulyn.....typically, "moving" the wine won't change much.... assuming there isn't any significant age or sediment in the wine.....

wine, white or red, will last 2-3 days after you open... there are always exceptions, but this is a good rule.... if you want to extend that that by a day or two, they sell vacum pumps that reseal the wine....

and if you only drink 1-2 glasses at a time, you can look for half bottles... then you don't have too worry about opening a 4 glass bottle....



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