We’ve already wrote the article on How Long Does The Red Wine Last, but what about the stability of white wines? Is it any different? For how long can it still retain its taste and what’s the ideal method to preserve it once it’s been opened?
Similarly to red wines, their durability is determined by its variety. Also, some white types are sensitive to light and heat, which makes them a bit more temperamental.
How long does white wine last when opened?
Of course, the best is to drink the whole bottle right after it’s been opened, but what if you’d opened it and would like to finish it tomorrow/later?
White wines can change its taste much quicker than its red counterparts. Here are some orientational value, but keep in mind it pretty much depends on the light exposure, temperature and a type of variety/brand.
- Sparkling whites: 1-3 days inside the refrigerator with a sparkling stopper,
- Light whites: 5-7 days inside the refrigerator once recorked,
- Full bodied whites: 3-5 days inside the refrigerator once recorked.
What happens when wine goes bad?
Wine can be quite tricky in nature. Oxygen is good for opening up a bouquet (that’s why we usually swirl, decant or aerate).
Oxidation can cause a wine to get quite distinct sour taste, however, there’s no method known to completely block wines from exposure to oxygen.
White wines when oxidized can begin to get a sour, bitter taste and a change in color with deepening and yellowing will occur in them.
How can I extend the life of my wine after it has been opened?
Been able to extend the life of your wine cannot be for an indefinite period. It could extend it in days or few more with tools that will help to make it last longer. These tools are called VACUUM STOPPER and CORAVIN.
The Vacuum Stopper, such as VacuVinWinesaver is a tool that has a little pump with a bottle stopper which enables you to suck the air from the bottle. This process creates a vacuum, the air causes oxidation. Therefore when you suck the air out from the bottle and close it, the less air therein will make the wine in the bottle not to oxidize quickly. It is a simple and handy tool that its lovers should take advantage of.
The other tool is an investment and is called a Coravin, it extracts the content even without uncorking the bottle.
The Coravin makes use of a thin, hollow needle and argon, it extracts the wine through the needle when it’s inserted into the cork and then pumps it in a little argon. The cork expands when the needle is withdrawn and it would seem like the bottle has never been opened before.
This is actually not necessary if you can drink up the whole content whenever you open one, Otherwise these tools is ideal for you and can help to preserve your wine for some time rather than having to go through the bad smell it could ooze out if not properly preserved.
These devices also limit wastage, like having to dispose them due to the smells. You need to opt for the one that you consider the best for your usage based on the cost of a typical bottle.
How long will white wine last unopened?
Once preserved properly, a sealed white wine can last for a substantial quantity of time without spoilage, smells or an unhealthy taste. Cellaring can be a suitable choice for preservation or a pantry if it is cool and dark.
How do I know if my wine has gone bad?
You necessarily don’t need to taste it to confirm if it has gone bad. There are ways for you to see and smell if your wine has gone unhealthy or not:
- Visual clues,
- Clues through smell,
- Clues through style.
- Once it is oxidized, it turns to brown. White wines can turn to a deep yellow or straw colour. Signs like this shows that something is wrong and you can check it. You could sniff or taste it to verify. It doesn’t kill.
- If a bottle has been over heated, the cork could be pushed out from the bottle due to the heat. If the cork is out, then it’s spoiled and unhealthy. There is every tendency for this to occur when it is not stored properly or it could happen in transit.
- When you see bubbles and it looks like there is no harm done yet, it’s bad. The bubbles are a sign that it is unhealthy for consumption.
Clues through Smell
- When it smells like vinegar. Wines that smell so bad has been oxidized and is unhealthy. Dispose it when it has a sour or vinegar smell.
- When it smells sweet. If a dry white wine smells sweet, then it’s bad for you.
- Smells like something damp like mildew, then it could have probably been uncorked and is not worth drinking.
Clues through Style
- Taste like vinegar or very bitter. Such taste shows that it has been oxidized.
- When it tastes fizzy. White wines never taste fizzy, so if you notice any form of bubbles, then it’s unhealthy.
- Tastes slabby and flat. Loses its original taste resulting to absence of fruit flavors and general dullness means it is bad.
Learn From Bad Wine
In order to enhance your understanding of what has been described, when you are at an event and you are told that once the content is bad because the waiter or sommelier has opened it. Give them a lecture. Ask for a replacement bottle so you could be able to raise queries when you compare and contrast the good one and the unhealthy one, by checking the taste, scent or color.
To drink up the wine hours after opening it is the ideal thing to do, you can put in the fridge but it shouldn’t take too long before you consume it. Recork and refrigerate as soon as possible. If its sparkling, then use a vacuum stopper but for still wines, make use of a mix vacuum pump/wine stopper cap to get the air out and prolong the wine’s life. If prepared, try to invest in a Coravin as this is the most recent technology in making it last longer. You can use the comments to share tips and devices you find useful for storage.