It’s a common question – if how long can I keep a bottle of wine after opening it? While some are confused by the question (they’re in what we call the “clean bottle club”), it’s still good to know what happens to a bottle of wine after opening. Air is a wine’s best friend and its worst enemy. After opening a wine, air brings out and enhances the aromas and flavors of the wine. That’s the purpose of swirling your glass or using a decanter. But too much oxygen leads a wine down the path to becoming vinegar. That’s why many wines go “bad” a few days after opening. So here are some tips on how to preserve that bottle.
Why do we swirl wine?
Everyone does it – people at restaurants, wine bars, tasting rooms -even the Sommelier at that fancy restaurant does it.
We all know it makes you look like you know what you are doing, a clear cry of, “no newbie here!”
But swirling wine is not just a way to look important; the action of swirling a wine in the glass does several things.
This is my birthday week, which is likely why I’ve been craving Champagne, my favorite thing to drink in times of celebration. The best way to kick off a celebration of any sort is a toast. While toasting as a social drinking activity is almost always a good idea, obviously some toasts are more appropriate in certain situations than others. In my experience, toasts start off nice, usually witty, and become more sentimental or raunchy as the night continues, predictably melding into some amusing hybrid of the two. Continue reading Great Toasts for Momentous Occasions
I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.
“I don’t like whiny and cheesy people, but I do like wine and cheese people!” – Anonymous
“Seven days without wine makes one weak.” – Anonymous
“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more wine.” – Ernest Hemingway
“Compromises are for relationships, not wine.” – Sir Robert Scott Caywood
“It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full. There is clearly room for more wine.”
“Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes, the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge.” Hester Browne (author, freelance writer & journalist)
“Great wine requires a mad man to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make it, and a lover to drink it.” – Salvador Dali
“Wine is sunlight held together by water.” – Galileo Galilei (Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher)
The end of December is a time for reflection on the year that has come and gone, as well as a way to set our sights on the brand new year before us. Many of us use this as a time to set goals for ourselves. Whether these goals are financial, fitness focused, or lifestyle in general, this period of our lives are beneficial towards cleansing us of the bad habits, ruts, and routines of the past, and helping us refocus our wishes, hopes, and desires for who we are as individuals.
Why not take this same outlook and apply it towards your wine journey? Continue reading Setting Wine Goals for the New Year