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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

WINE, RED — OPENED BOTTLE

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Freezer Freezer
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Tips
  • The precise answer to the question “How long does red wine last once opened?” depends to a large extent on storage conditions — re-cork the wine as soon as finished drinking.
  • Refrigerating an opened bottle of red wine will help keep it fresher; take the red wine out of the fridge about an hour before serving to bring back to room temperature.
  • If a cork or stopper is not available for the opened bottle of red wine, cover the opening with plastic wrap and place a rubber band around the bottle neck to seal plastic tightly.
  • In general, opened bottles of full-bodied red wines such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah will maintain their flavor longer than lighter varieties such as pinot noir.
  • Leftover red wine may be frozen and used later for cooking — freeze the red wine in airtight containers or pour wine into ice cube trays; once the red wine is frozen, transfer cubes to a heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • How long does red wine last in the freezer for safety purposes? The freezer time shown is for best quality only —foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if an opened bottle of red wine is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the red wine: red wine that has gone bad often develops an off smell and a brownish appearance.

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