When Should You Throw Away Your Wine?

Happy Wine Wednesday Everybody! 

We get this question, asked a lot. "How long does my wine last?" Well, a short and sweet answer to that question is, it lasts for a while, but it will taste like vinegar after a while. So, if you don't want to throw our your wine, then we encourage you to cook with it. So, here's the background to our answer, ready? Let's go. 

So, you bought a bottle or a couple of bottles from Palatini's. First, we are always grateful when you decide to come and shop with us! Okay, Okay, back to the subject. 

Red Wines 

Say, you recently bought a bottle of a Shiraz or a Full-Bodied Red Blend, and the tannins are much richer than a Pinot Noir or a Zinfandel, then you'll have better chances for it to last longer. Wines that are richer in tannins, will last basically about a full week. Whereas, a red that is lighter-bodied(the weight of the wine on your palate) will last around four to five days. 

That's why it's encouraged to include wine to be a part of your food gatherings or for dinner or even your lunch meals. Because when you think about it, a full size bottle of wine, comes in 25oz, and having a 5oz glass pour added to your lunch or dinner, each day of the week, will not only be a week of enjoyment, but will do the body good. 

Ever heard of the phrase, quoted by Benjamin Franklin, "Wine is constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy." 


Okay, moving on....

So each day, remember to either store your opened wine either with a cork or a nice wine stopper in a dark and cool place, or in a refrigerator. Try not to store it in a garage, just because of the temperature fluctuations. 

Light White Wine, including Sweet + Rosé

If you recork the bottle and store the light-bodied white wine in the refrigerator, your wine should last for close up to a full week, as well. So right around the five to seven day mark. Although, some of the aromas will fade due to the oxidation, but it will still be drinkable, just not as fruity, when first opening the bottle. 

Full-Bodied White Wine

Full-Bodied White Wines like an Oaky Chardonnay(an Oaky Chardonnay would have aromas like butter, vanilla, and so on) or a Semillion (Wine Varietal coming soon to Palatini's) or a Chenin Blanc would only last a typical work week. This is because they oxidize quicker, because of the aging process, these grapes getting more oxygen causes it to oxidize quickly. 

However, there is a way to save it for just a little while longer, for all my Full-Bodied White Wine Lovers! Store your Full-Bodied White Wine with a vacuum wine stopper , and it will last up to 10 days. The vacuum wine stopper will keep the wine fresh, and airtight. 

Sparkling Wine 

So, if you're thinking what about Sparkling Wine? Great, because this is our next topic. Let's talk about Champagne and Prosecco, and other bubbly. They will begin to lose their carbonation quickly once you open it. So, in order to save the carbonation, it's advantageous that you purchase a "sparkling wine stopper." This will help achieve your goal of keeping the bubbly alive for a little longer. 

Fortified aka, "Dessert Wines." 

Okay, we have an announcement! We will now be offering Dessert Wines, (Coming Soon, only for retail.) So, if you are a fan of Dessert Wines, then if re-corked after opening, your typical Ports, Sherrys and Marsalas can last in the refrigerator for up to 28 days. This is the case because, of the amount of sugar that's in the Dessert Wine. 

So, if you ever have a wine that's been sitting in the refrigerator and you want to throw it out, before you do, here are some options that you can achieve: 1. Having a glass of your wine that is passed shelf life, won't do you harm, it will just taste like vinegar. And last but not least, think about cooking with your wine that's passed its shelf life. However, if specifically your "red wine," has changed color, to a more "tawny brown," color, then it might be time to throw it out. 

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