15 years ago
SammyBoo

Should you refrigerate an opened bottle of red wine?

I opened a bottle of pinot noir but did not drink it all. Since you're not supposed to serve red wine chilled, should I just cork the bottle and not refrigerate it? How long will it be good for?
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5 years ago
Anonymous
Do You Refrigerate Red Wine
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15 years ago
Anonymous
It is fine to refrigerate red wine - you just want to bring the temperature up when you serve it. It is also fine to leave it out unless the room is really hot. Sometimes we drink red wine chilled a little bit. It depends on the wine and the temperature outside. Reds do better around 55 degrees. French people leave bottles of wine out without the cork and let them air. Most people decant red wine before drinking anyway. It all depends on the wine. I notice Americans are silly about wines and have no idea about vintages or even the additives that are put into their wines, also Americans have all sorts of myths going about wine; that the French do not have. You can drink it tomorrow or the next night. If you think it tastes not so good then make chicken in red wine or beef bourguignon The problem with wine in the US is they all have sulfites in them. You can get wine in the US without sulfites but you have to ask for "organic" wine in the wine shop - and read the label. http://waterhouse.ucdavis.edu/winecomp/so2.htm
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15 years ago
deltasigjrabbit
I could repeat the millions of things that have been said already about storage of opened wine, but that would just be redundant. Here's what they missed: Although wine should never be expected to have the same flavor as it did before being recorked, you need to look at the varietal your are drinking. For instance, if you were speaking of a chianti or zinfandel, you would be losing alot of that dry, oaky flavor that makes it that type of wine. In your case, you have a pinot noir, the lightest of the red wine varietals. You have an aromatic, fruity wine that will begin to lose it's sweetness. My suggestion to you is if you absolutly cannot finish a bottle of wine in one sitting (not by yourself, just if you have leftover), the best thing to do is bite the bullet and use it for a spicy arriabita tomato sauce or beef stew the next night.
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5 years ago
Anonymous
For the best answers, search on this site https://shorturl.im/qII4R Red wine should NEVER be refrigerated (or frozen).... It's supposed to be served room temperature! You would normally open it 10-45 min. ahead of time, to let it "breathe". Use a wine bottle opener with "wings" and the corks will come right out
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15 years ago
carpme
Saving 1. Wine is like a flower; it is alive and it will die. After 2 days, some/partial flavors will diminish and deteriorate 2. It is best to pour any left over into a smaller airtight bottle. 3. Opened white wine can benefit from staying in the cooler refrigerator. 4. Opened red wine can benefit from cooler storage and lack of light. 5. Pumps suck oxygen out of the bottle. This helps a little, but 2 days of drinking is still all you are going to get out of the bottle. The same is true for "Cans of Gas" available at retail wine shops everywhere. 6. Old wine will not hurt you; it just doesn't hold its freshness. 7. Don't be afraid to save your old wine for cooking; it can be used for weeks. 8. Champagne needs a special press capsule or, believe it or not, a silver demitasse spoon in the top of the bottle. 9. Some wines, namely less expensive table wine, will not make it to day two. 10. Hint: Sometimes at home, I break every rule in the book and I play wine-blender. I marry a couple open bottles together to fill up one bottle (if possible, I'm pouring together the same types of wine). It's a fun way to help get your money's worth from good wine. The wine ages slower, giving you a couple days to enjoy a better glass of wine. Just remember to fill the bottles all the way to the cork, and remember not to take your new blend too seriously.
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15 years ago
Anonymous
Wine is a living organism and the minute you opened the bottle its composition started changing. Refrigerating it will kill it. If you don't drink the bottle just cork it and if you don't drink it in the next couple of days, you can always cook with it.
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5 years ago
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Is putting it in the freezer relevant to not being able to open the cork? You need to make sure the screw is put right down in as far as it can possibly go - even go one turn further - then if it has "arms' just pull down the arms. If it doesn't have the arms you need some muscles! It takes a few goes to get used to. PS drink red wine at room temp, it's better!
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15 years ago
Mr Christian Ct
You don't have to refrigerate red wine.The next time you go to the store to buy wine ask the cashier about the vacu vin that you use to keep the wine drinkable for about a week.
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15 years ago
j
NEVER refrigerate red wine!
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