5. Full-Bodied Whites

White Wine

Oaked wines, like chardonnay and viognier, are stronger against oxygen and can last three to five days after opening. These wines are commonly aged in oak barrels, which are airtight the way stainless steel casks are. The early exposure to oxygen can help prevent their rapid oxidation, so they can last a while longer than sparkling wine. Try using vacuum caps to get more out of your wine.

4. Red Wines

Red Wine

If you plug red wines with a cork and store them in a cool, dark place, you can still drink these three to five days after you open them. Red wines contain more tannins and natural acidity, which help protect them against the damage brought on by oxygen. The more tannins that are found in a wine, the longer you can drink them. Light reds, such as pinot noir or beaujolais, which are considered to be low on the tannin scale, won’t last as long as rich red like petite syrah or shiraz. If you are unable to find a cool, dark place to store your opened bottles of red wine, it is better to place them in a fridge.

3. Fortified Wines

Fortified Wine

Fortified wines (also known as dessert wines) get their name because they have been fortified with grape spirits or brandy. The brandy helps protect the wine against spoilage and allows it to last a long time. Plus, many are aged in oak casks, which introduce a lot of air. There are certain fortified wines, like madeira and marsala, that are oxidized and cooked before they are made, thus extending their shelf life. Once you have opened a fortified wine, cork it closed and store it in a cool, dark place.

Related: Say Cheers to Good Health With Red Wine
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