Monday, March 24, 2014

Wine Tip of the Week - Got Leftovers? Wine that Is.

Much like the Yeti or the Chupacabra, I have heard tales told of those who may occasionally have leftover wine.  Just because I've never seen it, doesn't mean that it doesn't exist.  So just in case you come across the urban legend of leftover wine, remember the leftovers won't last forever (or very long) before they will start to deteriorate in aroma and flavor. 

In general, leftover wines will be OK for:
  • Up to 2 days: Lighter whites (like Sauvignon Blanc, Unoaked Chardonnay, or Riesling), reds (like Rioja or Pinot Noir), rosés, and sparkling wines.
  • Up to 4 days: Fuller whites (Oaked Chardonnay), reds (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Syrah).
  • Up to 2 weeks: Lighter fortified wines. That's why fortified wines were invented - so they would last on ocean voyages, etc! (Fino Sherry, Vintage Ports)
  • Up to 2 months (maybe longer... wow!): Fuller fortified wines (Madeira, Tawny Port, Sweet Sherry)

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