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    lovinlife
    How long to keep wine?
    • #1
    • 10th Oct 05, 8:41 PM
    How long to keep wine? 10th Oct 05 at 8:41 PM
    I've had a wee look around, but please forgive me if this has been asked before, and also if it is in the wrong place...

    Once a bottle of wine has been opened, how long should it still be OK to drink if I stick a stopper thing in it? I keep looking longingly at my collection, then deciding not to have a glass cos it's only me and I only drink one glass a day. I hate the thought of pouring it down the sink if I can't drink it, and there's only so much space in the freezer for ice cube trays of wine for cooking!

    On the upside, I am well giggly after 2 glasses so it makes for a cheap night!!
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  • Ted_Hutchinson
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    • 10th Oct 05, 8:48 PM
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    • 10th Oct 05, 8:48 PM
    Winedoctor suggests putting it into smaller bottles is the best idea. If you treated yourself to some of those very small wine bottles and kept them you could refill them with the remains of the large bottle for use later in the week.
    I don't have this problem. My problem is in not emptying an open bottle.
    Last edited by Ted_Hutchinson; 10-10-2005 at 8:53 PM.
    • Al Mac
    • By Al Mac 10th Oct 05, 8:50 PM
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    • 10th Oct 05, 8:50 PM
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    • 10th Oct 05, 8:50 PM
    Strange concept:confused: not finishing it.

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    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 10th Oct 05, 8:52 PM
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    • 10th Oct 05, 8:52 PM
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    • 10th Oct 05, 8:52 PM
    I keep open bottles of white in the fridge for several days and they taste fine, especially the new screwtop types, and I've also got a bottle of red in the kitchen that's probably been open well over a week now, but I'll probably use the rest in cooking rather than drink it now.
    "An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will"
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 10th Oct 05, 8:53 PM
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    • 10th Oct 05, 8:53 PM
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    • 10th Oct 05, 8:53 PM
    Strange concept:confused: not finishing it.

    by Al Mac
    equally confused this is not a problem I have and ever will experience
  • lovinlife
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    • 10th Oct 05, 8:58 PM
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    • 10th Oct 05, 8:58 PM

    Gone are my heady days of opening a bottle of wine for lunch and spending the rest of the day drinking it!

    Still, I could try.. practice makes perfect and all! I'll work on the half a bottle at a time first. There could be some very interesting typos in the pipeline!
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 10th Oct 05, 9:08 PM
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    • 10th Oct 05, 9:08 PM
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    • 10th Oct 05, 9:08 PM

    Gone are my heady days of opening a bottle of wine for lunch and spending the rest of the day drinking it!

    Still, I could try.. practice makes perfect and all! I'll work on the half a bottle at a time first. There could be some very interesting typos in the pipeline!
    by lovinlife
    if you need any coaching lovinlife come over to Stopping a Thread we can help you get through this!
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 10th Oct 05, 9:19 PM
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    • 10th Oct 05, 9:19 PM
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    • 10th Oct 05, 9:19 PM
    Once opened, wine doesn't often last very long in my house either. I tend to keep it (red or white) for two days at the most and then it gets consigned for cooking.

    Pink
    • Mado
    • By Mado 10th Oct 05, 9:33 PM
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    • 10th Oct 05, 9:33 PM
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    • 10th Oct 05, 9:33 PM
    Invest in a "vacuvin" wine stopper. Nor terribly expensive but very usefulll. (You just suck the air out of the bottle with the pump and no O2 means no more oxidation going on).
    The only problem in our house is that it gives an excuse to open a second one rather than stop halfway through the first bottle!!
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  • ChocClare
    Have you got(or can you b.b.b.buy (sorry to use the b-word)) a Vacuvin thing - it's sort of a hollow rubber cork, which you put in the bottle and then pump the air out of the bottle with a sort of...pump thing...!!!! I bet you wish you could describe things as well as me!!! Anyway, me and the old man have one small glass of wine most nights each and stick the rubber cork in the bottle meantime. The wine stays fresh and sweet (as opposed to stale and sour which it would undoubtedly be if it only had a normal cork in it). My uzzer 'alf eez French (well, half-French) and fussy about his wine, so it's worth investing if you can afford it. Here's a picture in case you're wondering what on EARTH I'm talking about! http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0001M0G06/qid=1128980227/sr=2-2/ref=sr_2_11_2/202-5637427-8497422
  • Sofa_Sogood
    Once a bottle of wine has been opened, how long should it still be OK to drink if I stick a stopper thing in it?
    by lovinlife
    That question was one I always wanted to know the answer to as well, only because my local, (that I rarely visit now ), often have the same half empty bottles on display too :confused:

    I'll get my OH to ask the landlord what he thinks
    • Wirenth
    • By Wirenth 10th Oct 05, 9:50 PM
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    Wirenth
    Two or three days for white, up to a week and a half for red. You can get these cheap, resusable stoppers from Tesco for helping to keep the wine in the same bottle.
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  • lovinlife
    Have you got(or can you b.b.b.buy (sorry to use the b-word)) a Vacuvin thing - it's sort of a hollow rubber cork, which you put in the bottle and then pump the air out of the bottle with a sort of...pump thing...!!!! I bet you wish you could describe things as well as me!!! Anyway, me and the old man have one small glass of wine most nights each and stick the rubber cork in the bottle meantime. The wine stays fresh and sweet (as opposed to stale and sour which it would undoubtedly be if it only had a normal cork in it). My uzzer 'alf eez French (well, half-French) and fussy about his wine, so it's worth investing if you can afford it. Here's a picture in case you're wondering what on EARTH I'm talking about! http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0001M0G06/qid=1128980227/sr=2-2/ref=sr_2_11_2/202-5637427-8497422
    by ChocClare

    I think I have a couple of the stoppers, but having recently moved I'm still half in and half out of boxes. Along the lines of 'didn't I have....'! Then I go and buy whatever it was then find it. I'll have a look for the pump. In the shops - I'm certain I don't have that bit.

    Thing is such a good word, goes with any... thing!! Sorry - couldn't resist!
    • frosty
    • By frosty 10th Oct 05, 10:21 PM
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    frosty
    I think you can freeze wine in ice cube trays,then add them to other drinks,or use them in recipes.
    • Debt_Free_Chick
    • By Debt_Free_Chick 11th Oct 05, 7:37 AM
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    Debt_Free_Chick
    Another good way to store left over wine, if you going to use it to cook with, is to save empty wine vinegar bottles. Any leftover wine can be decanted in the wine vinegar bottle, which has a screw top, and is ready to add to stocks, stews etc.

    We chuck all our "slops" of wine into old wine vinegar bottles .... one for red and one for white, but just keep topping them up with whatever's left over
  • nikkig
    why not buy the wine boxes? they last longer I think because no air is getting into them. and even when you think they are empty, if you take the box apart and take the bag out snip off the corner you usually get another glass full!
  • Queenie
    As a tee-totaller this is a toughie for me to answer :confused: .... ....




    If you can't manage to finish it within 3 days, have no vacu stopper thingy ... and you forget to invite me over to give you emergency assistance ... (tough job, but someone has to do it :confused: ) then you can freeze it and use the wine cubes thus:


    1) Add red wine iced cubes to gravies/stocks for red meat dishes
    2) Add white wine iced cubes to gravies/stocks for chicken and fish
    3) Add white wine iced cubes to .... freshly opened warm white wine
    4) Suck on one in hot weather/times of desperation

    Other suggestions:

    If white wine goes a little "sour" .. or you've opened the bottle and really don't like it - add a dash of "Kir" (a liquer) and it peps it up

    Red Wine: Add some lemonade (and a dash of lime if you have it) and you have a lovely Spanish drink ('Tinto Verano' or somesuch). Or make into Mulled Wine.

    Edited to add: Oops, didn't read your post correctly .... only so much space in freezer .... ........... This calls for drastic action!!!

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    Last edited by Queenie; 11-10-2005 at 8:07 AM.
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  • lovinlife
    4) Suck on one in hot weather/times of desperation
    by Queenie
    This I like!

    Some of the kind folks in the Arms are helping out with this, and I'm working on a new WOIP thing... Wine over IP.

    I've thought about boxes, but I have a problem with bottles being on offer when I go shopping and an uncontrollable reflex of hand going to shelf!
    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 11th Oct 05, 11:29 AM
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    Curry Queen
    I've thought about boxes, but I have a problem with bottles being on offer when I go shopping and an uncontrollable reflex of hand going to shelf!
    by lovinlife

    I take it you've not yet discovered the vouchers board where you can pick up codes for money off wine at Tesco's

    You'll be buying it by the case load then, let alone a few bottles
    "An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will"
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    will come back to you three times as strong!

  • competitionscafe
    Get a vacuvin - I use mine daily and it also means if i have fish one night I can open a bottle of white and then if I have lamb the next night I open a red, each bottle will keep for 3 or 4 days and then becomes the cooking wine in the unlikely event that it's not drunk by then.
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