Once the bottle is open, the wine will be in contact with air and so will get oxidised. The first
oxidation is always interesting as it allows the wine to open and express its aromas. This is
why it’s important to shake your glass before the first sip or sometimes, when it’s needed,
to decant your wine. On the other hand, if the wine stays in contact with the air for too long
it can destroy its precious aromas and flavours!
Generally speaking, red wines and white wines are to be drunk within 2-3 days after the
bottle has been opened. The first day the wine opens and unfolds its aromas thanks to the
oxidation process. The second day the wine gets a lot more oxidised, it becomes heavy and
you can tell it’s not as tasty as it was the day before. The third day is the day your wine will
start to smell like vinegar… this is the sign that tells you it’s not to be drunk anymore…
To conserve your wine properly it’s recommended to:
a vacuum pump.
2 – Store your wine in the fridge, even your red wine! Just take it out the fridge an hour
before drinking it so it’s at room temperature.
If you don’t finish your bottle within three days and you can feel that your wine smells like
vinegar you can always use it to cook an amazing red wine sauce to go with your beef or use
your white wine to cook a risotto!
If you would like to know more about oxygen management in wine, click on this video