You’ve just purchased a special bottle of white wine. Whether you’re planning to open it immediately or hoping to cellar it, there are some simple tips and tricks to make your white wine last. Many whites are best enjoyed within a year’s time, but some are built for aging, which means they’ll benefit from spending time in a cool, quiet place. Giving your favorite wite wine several years to mature can yield even more complexity in the glass—it just requires patience.
Tuesday Night Leftovers: Will My White Wine Last after I’ve Opened it?
Generally speaking, if you treat your white wine nicely once opened, it should last a few days. If some of the wine goes untasted, you first order of business is to reseal the bottle with a proper stopper. We love the VacuVin, because it actually removes some of the oxygen from the bottle and seals it shut. After pouring a glass, insert your stopper into the bottle and place it in the refrigerator right away. Heat and light are the enemies of wine and will speed up the oxidation process, which strips your wine of its flavor and freshness. If you seal the bottle every time you open it, your favorite white wine will last longer. In fact, it should taste as fresh as a just-uncorked bottle for up to three days.
To Cellar or Not to Cellar: Making a Great White Wine Last for Years
A fresh, bright white that sees no oak, like Fetzer Valley Oaks Moscato, is a prime candidate for immediate drinking. Ditto the crisp Fetzer Echo Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, which is all about fresh-cut grass and citrus blossom. After bringing these wines home, go ahead and pop them in the fridge for sipping as soon as possible. Think of them as carpe vinum—best enjoyed immediately.
On the other hand, a wine like Bonterra’s The Roost, a Burgundian-style Chardonnay made from biodynamic grapes, has been crafted for aging. Sure, if you open it now you’ll love the lemon and baked apple aromas, but give it a year or five of stable cellaring and it will unfurl into an even more complex and intriguing wine.
As much as we love to display our most prized wines in the kitchen, the ugly truth is the kitchen is the absolute worst place to store any wine. Your wine needs a stable temperature, darxkness and humidity to age properly. Think: the back of a closet or a dark corner of your basement. Seriously. Not exactly the charming wine display we were aiming for, but temperature swings, heat, sunlight and even extreme cold can damage a wine and leave you with a bottle of vinegar instead.
When it comes to making your white wine last, seal it quickly or store it safely.