For some people, drinking wine symbolizes holiday gatherings with family; special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries or birthdays; or a nice romantic dinner with a loved one. But there’s no need for a special ‘excuse’ to enjoy a glass or two of a nice quality wine. In fact, new studies have shown that consuming a glass of wine on a daily basis is quite healthy for human body, especially for the heart. This divine drink is loaded with powerful antioxidants, flavanoids and resveratrol, which protect organs from cellular damage. So, the next time you’re wondering what to gift your friend, family member or a hubby, arrange a wine online delivery and surprise the recipient with a good quality red or white wine. Or simply satisfy the gourmet in you, raise a glass and toast to your health.
But since out topic is healthy wine consumption, which is all about moderation, unless you have friends over every night, you’ll have hard time finishing a bottle of wine alone. Or, sometimes it happens that you’ve just opened a bottle and for some reason have to save it for later consumption. So, the question is – what is the best way to keep opened wine fresh; how to preserve its bouquet and flavor? Of course, the best advice would be to drink the whole bottle when opened, but as already mentioned, majority of one-glass-a-day wine lovers need to store opened bottle of wine for later enjoyment. If such is the case, you need to adhere to certain rules in order to preserve wine’s bouquet.
The best way to do this is to re-cork the wine. Invest in a good quality vacuum bottle stopper and never waste a great wine again. The main reason you’ve had to throw away a bottle of wine is because of the oxidation process. As soon as you open the bottle, wine comes in contact with the air and begins to oxidize which has a detrimental effect on wine’s flavor. In fact, air turns wine into vinegar. Of course, it is recommended to decant wines to intense their flavor, scent and texture. But it is also recommended to consume it briefly after opening it. Thus, if you do not plan to finish the whole bottle, re-cork it and store it in a refrigerator in the upright position and your wine will stay fresh for up to 3-5 days, depending on type and grape variety. Also, transfer left-over wine in a smaller bottle or glass jar to minimize the air area. Of course, make sure you close the jar tight. Unless you favor Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Grenache, avoid them as these wines go bad the quickest.