How Long Does Wine Actually Last After It’s Opened?
I used to be one of those people who never left a bottle unfinished. But when drinking wine became my job, I found myself with more half-full bottles than ever; wines I loved and couldn’t bear to throw out just because they had been open for a day or two. Perhaps you opened that bottle of Gamay a little late in the evening, or you only needed a splash of Pinot Grigio for your linguine and clams. Now here you are the next day/three days/week with half a bottle of wine and the timeless question: How long does an open bottle of wine last, really?
Because wine can be made in so many different ways, it’s impossible to give you a hard out on all wines. That would be like asking how long you have to eat a Snickers after you unwrap it, versus how long you have to eat an organic banana after you peel it. They are radically different. One is built to sit on gas station shelves for years, and the other just got picked and has about three days before it dies.
It’s similar with wine.
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