Reader: If you don't finish your bottle of wine, what do you recommend for a product to store and preserve the wine?
Thanks for this question! I'd like to spend a bit more time on answering this because, I'm sure more than a few of us wonder.
Unfortunately, when wine is expose to air you are already losing the battle of wine preservation. There are a few things and gadgets you might want to consider purchasing for short term storage, but overall I'd probably say that its not really mandatory. You could even just put the original cork back into it and be done.
If you are still considering some options for wine storage you can look at a couple that I've tried and had some mild success.
The first one is the Vacu Vin wine stopper / pump system that removes the excess air from the bottle. It's relatively inexpensive and easy to use. The kit comes with multiple stoppers for both reds and whites. We found this in multiple places online, including Amazon and Wine Enthusiast.
I thought this was fine for one of your regular drinking wines rather than a special collectible wine from your cellar. The reason is that I don't really think you want to chance this system taking out 'too much' air and then sending the wine past its prime. That'd be a big waste. (photo credit: Amazon.com)
The next one is the Metrokane Champagne stopper. This one does a reasonable job with holding the bubbles back in the bottle. When a cork comes out of a sparkling wine it won't fit again, so either you drink it all, or you invest in one of these to hold your wine for at least a day or so.
You probably still won't get the same result as the first day opening but maybe it'll give you one more day or two to still enjoy it. I found this item on Amazon. It's another inexpensive gadget to get for in home wine storage. (photo credit: Amazon.com)
There are a ton of other popular wine preservation methods which I haven't tried. One would be the decorative bottle stopper. Isn't that just a glorified wine cork? I say stick with just using the original wine cork, it probably seals it better anyhow.
Give any of these a try and see what you think? One thing I do want to advise everyone is to keep your wines stored in a cool place like your home fridge. The kitchen counter is not the place to store wine, especially after its been open. You'll wind up having an ample supply of cooking wine by being negligent.
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