2. How to Know If Your Wine Is Bad

Bad Wine

When you are trying to figure out if your half-full bottle of wine can still be consumed, keep these tips in mind: Look, smell, and then taste. If your glass of red wine used to be a vibrant ruby red and is now a tawny brown color, the wine is officially oxidized. You might want to avoid drinking it. But be sure to give it a smell. Is it full of sharp notes of vinegar? If so, it might have already turned.

Finally, taste it. You will be able to immediately know if you can drink the wine or if it’s time to throw it out. Although there are some wines that are technically past their prime but are still delicious. It depends entirely on how it tastes to you. It is important to note that wine won’t be “bad” in the sense of it becoming toxic or dangerous to consume.

1. How to Store Wine Better

Store

To begin, you must be fully prepared with the right tools to preserve your wine. Sparkling wines store better with specially-designed sparkling wine stoppers. Vacuum-seal stoppers are an excellent way to slow down oxidation.

It is also a great idea to get into the habit of immediately stoppering all open bottles with a cork or a specially-designed stopper as soon as you pour a glass. By doing so, this will protect the wine, and also prevent you from leaving your bottles open in the future.

Also, be sure to slip any open wines into the fridge (for sparkling or whites) or keep in a cool, dark place (reds and fortified wines), so the light and heat from a kitchen or an outside barbecue won’t cause significant damage.

In the worst case, where you are unable to find a cork and have no stopper at hand, close the bottle with plastic wrap and a rubber band. Try to wrap it as tightly as possible. It’s not ideal, but it can help slow oxidation.

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