Question by  prathibhamenon (96)

What is the shelf life of an opened bottle of red wine?

I hate to open a bottle for myself; I only drink a half-glass or so each evening.


Answer by  Zaka (2315)

It depends on the wine. If you keep the bottle tighly closed with the cork and keep it in the refrigerator, you can expect the wine to hold nicely for upto three days. You can keep it for an additional couple of days, but it will have to depend on how much acidity or oxidation the wine may have contained.


Answer by  serendip (408)

An open bottle will only be good for about 24 hours. Try a device that vacuums out the air, or use sterilized marbles to raise the wine level to "full" and put the cork back in. It is the air space in the bottle that causes the wine to oxidize and not taste as it did when first opened.


Answer by  johnresa (2455)

The average shelf life an opened bottle of red wine is just a day to a day and a half. Red wine spoils very easily. If you open a bottle of red wine and do not consume it in 36 hours or so then more likely than not it will spoil.


Answer by  dmd (67)

If you only drink half-glass an evening I would suggest buying half bottles of wine. The shelf life for an open bottle of red wine is no more than two days. The shelf life may be shorter in the extreme heat of the summer with no air conditioning. In that case I would store the red wine in a refrigerator.

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