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How Long Does an Open Bottle of Wine Last?

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Having a glass of wine or two after a long day is a great way to unwind. The right kind of wine can accentuate a meal, spark a romantic evening, or just help you relax. But, if you’re just having a glass or two, is it okay to save the rest of the bottle for later?

How long an open bottle of wine will last depends on the wine itself, and how you store it after it’s been opened.

Most people have a specific preference when it comes to the type of wine they drink. If you’re a sparkling wine lover, your wine will go flat within a few days after opening it. It might not affect the flavor, but if you love the bubbles of Prosecco, it’s best to drink it as soon as possible.

Lighter wines, including rosé, will keep anywhere from 5-7 days if you replace the cork and store the bottle in the refrigerator. Keep in mind, however, that with each passing day, the flavor can change and become less pronounced. 

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If you tend to like more full-bodied white wines like Chardonnay, you can enjoy them for about 3-5 days after opening. Finally, if you’re a red wine drinker, you can still drink what’s left of the bottle 3-5 days after opening if you keep it in a cool, dark place. They tend to oxidize less quickly thanks to the natural tannins.

If your bottle of wine has been out for a while and you’re not sure whether it’s okay to drink, look, smell, and taste. If it looks like it’s lost some of its vibrant color or smells acidic like vinegar, it’s likely already turned bad. If you’re still unsure, one sip will tell you!

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