Good to the last drop - keeping your wine fresh.

Wine Bottle

Strawberries cherries and an angel's kiss in spring My
summer wine is really made from all these things
Take
off your silver spurs and help me pass the time
And I
will give to you summer wine
Ohhh-oh summer
wine

Whew, I'm showing my age on that one....OK, who here remembers
Nancy Sinatra's version of that sone (no, The Corrs don't
count)?

I was just thinking last night how much I enjoy a chilled glass of
wine on a warm summer night. It feels so elegant and luxurious to
savor a glass while sitting on my lanai in the evening. It's a
pleasure that can be very expensive, but doesn't have to be.
Here's the thing. Have you bought a GREAT bottle of wine,
opened it and enjoyed a glass, but then the next time you went to
have some it had turned to vinegar?

Polishing off a bottle in one sitting is probably the BEST way to
assure that you'll be getting the best flavor, but if you do
that often enough - I'll be sending you to AA. Most of you are
like me and will POP THE CORK and enjoy a glass or two, then try to
figure out HOW you're going to get the same great flavor out of
the bottle the NEXT time you reach for it

Yes, I've "made" my share of cooking wine (left a
bottle open on the counter for a week). So, what is the best thing
to do to keep your wine and HOW LONG will it keep before you're
adding it to your beef bourguinon?

REDS
- will keep just under a week

I've found that the best way to handle red wine is by using the
original cork (or rubber stopper that they now use) and put it into
the refrigerator. NOT THE COUNTER!! WHY? Because if you keep it out
on the counter at room temperature, your wonderful bottle of Merlot
will continue to aerate (or age) and that's what we DON'T
want. When you're ready to pour yourself a glass tomorrow or
the next day simply allow the bottle to warm up to room
temperature.

WHITES
- will keep 3-4 days

While you can certainly use the original cork in your bottle of
white, I've found that I have better luck with one of those

one way valve wine stoppers
. Once again, just keep your wine in
the refrigerator (like I had to tell you to chill white wine -
LOL).

SPARKLING
- will keep over a week

Have you seen those clamshell type of wine stoppers at the store?
They use a clamping technique to seal in the carbonation and work
very well for sparkling wines and champagnes. Of course, in the
mansion - sparkling wine goes in one sitting.

So, no stuffing a wad of aluminum foil or pouring your extra into a
carafe to leave open please. You want to enjoy your wine to the
fullest, and I'm guessing that like me - you'll want to
savor it for as long as possible.

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