Have you ever been that fateful party-goer who opens another bottle at the end of a loonnnggg party night hoping to keep the good times a rollin’? I know every person in the WA office is guilty of that at one time or another. Question is, when the fun comes to a screeching halt before that bottle is finished, what the hell do you do with it? Odds are your morally hungover self might not want to touch the sauce the next evening, so how long will that bottle last before you regain your nerve and climb back on that horse. Read below to find out if that bottle will survive until your Sunday night HBO marathon.
The Three-Day Rule
Generally speaking, bottles of still white or red wine will last about three days. Lower quality wines won’t last quite as long and higher quality ones can actually be fun to sample over the course of days just to see what happens. We once tasted a bottle of old German Eiswein over the course of 2 weeks and that thing was still an acid-ripping roller coaster ride all the way to the end.
Bottoms Up with Bubbles
Sparkling wines really don’t stand the test of time if not consumed all at once. The carbonation slowly dissipates, leaving the wine as a flat expression on the palate. Truth is, this is not a bummer. This is just a reminder to kill the bottle and properly celebrate the moment! Just remember to enjoy sparkling wines early and often.
Sweet is Neat
Fortified wines like port, sherry, or Madeira can last a whole lot longer than still or sparkling wines, so keep this in mind, too. Since they are often higher in alcohol, they are more like liquor or liqueur in terms of shelf life. We’re talking weeks instead of days here. Spiffy!
All this said, there are of course going to be bottles that just might not make it. After all, all good things come to an end, eh? The question now becomes, what do you do with these bottles? Survey says the top three options for deleting wine that is over the hill are: Chuckin’ it, cookin’ with it, and/or serving it to ex-significant others who wouldn’t know the difference.