You decided to open a bottle of wine after a long day of work, drank a glass or two, and then called it a day. Meanwhile, while you’re catching Zs, your favorite bottle of pinot noir is just sitting there, catching air. After realizing your wine mistreatment, you begin to wonder if it’s possible to salvage the remaining wine. So, is it possible? Well, it depends.
An opened bottle largely depends on two factors: the type of wine in the bottle and how it is stored. For instance, table wines can last three to five days after they’ve been opened. Fortified wines, or dessert wines, such as port and sherry, can last much longer; there are some who say they can last for months or even years. Here’s how to break it down.
Sparkling wines, such as champagne and prosecco, can lose their carbonation quickly after opening. The carbonation protects the wine from oxidation, but time is limited. After a few days, the wine will become flat. Use a special sparkling wine stopper to help slow the oxidation process. When it becomes entirely flat and undrinkable, it works great for cooking. You can use it in a pasta sauce or risotto for a light, sweet flavor.
Light Whites, Including Sweet and Rosé
Although the flavor can change within the first day after opening, light wines can typically last five to seven days if closed with a cork and stored in the refrigerator. While the wine may lose some of its taste (especially in fruity flavors like pear or apple that can become less pronounced), it is still very much drinkable.