After opening a bottle of white wine, reseal it and place it in the fridge. Depending on the white wine, it can be almost as good for up to 1 week. Sparkling white wines are more delicate because they go flat quickly after opening, so consuming them the same day is best.
Can You Save White Wine After Opening?
All wines can be saved after opening, including white wine. The fridge can help preserve it for about a week, but the freezer is better for long-term storage up to 6 months. Putting it in the fridge only requires sliding the cork back in or screwing the top back on. But you should consider transferring the leftover wine to a different container to freeze it, especially if it’s on the fuller side. It needs room to expand when frozen, but it’s also just a fragile item to have in the freezer. The wine won’t be as good six months later, unfortunately.
Ways To Avoid Storing White Wine After Opening?
If you have leftover white wine, consider making dinner with it instead of storing it. Plenty of great recipes call for white wine. It can add complexity without overwhelming the dish.
White Wine Menu Ideas
- Mushroom soup
- French onion soup
- Chicken piccata
- Salmon with white wine butter sauce
- Pork loin with white wine dijon sauce
Alternatively, wine can be used as a fruit and vegetable cleaner. Some people have also had success using it to clean up oily spots on the garage floor. Lastly, wine is safe for your compost pile or bucket because there’s not enough alcohol to kill the hardworking bacteria.
Just Opened Your White Wine, Now What?
Wine savers or wine preservers are kitchen gadgets to remove the air from a wine bottle, which has the potential to save the wine for a little longer. Some seem to work better than others, but overall the gadget is affordable and has favorable reviews.
Aside from that, there’s not much anyone can do to extend the life of white wine once it’s been opened, other than putting it in the fridge or freezer. If you find yourself regularly having extra wine, many white wines come in smaller bottles or even cans. Canned wine gets a bad reputation, and some of it may be deserved, but it’s an option to explore for smaller portions. Canned wines can’t be aged for much longer than a year, however, so if 5 to 10 year Chardonnays are your favorite, canned wines aren’t the way to go.
Store white wine by resealing it, either by hand or with the help of a wine saver. Keep it in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for six months. If you decide against storing your white wine, wine is a great addition to many recipes. Worst case scenario, the compost pile will probably love the sugar in white wine.