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How to Store Your Wine + Bubbly

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How to Store Your Wine + Bubbly

T.G.I.F – Thank God It's Fermented

While there's plenty of information available on how to store your wine and bubbly before it's been opened, there's a little less conversation around what to do with it once the cork comes out. With all the incredible wine produced here and around the world, there's no reason for leftovers to meet their end at the bottom of your sink. Studies show that moderate wine consumption has a vast number of psychosocial benefits, and these preservation tips will ensure your wine and bubbly is just as wonderful the next day. Homer wrote that wine can "drown the bitterness of cares" and "inspire new hopes", and as they say in the wine world, T.G.I.F. — Thank God It's Fermented.

Best Way to Store Your Wine

The biggest threat to wine is oxygen. The more the two get to know each other, the faster the relationship deteriorates. But there's no need to feel guilty if you want just one glass with dinner. Simply keep an empty 1/2-sized wine bottle (375ml) on hand and transfer any leftovers into the smaller  bottle and seal. It's that simple. Make sure your sealed wine is kept in the fridge, the cold temperature prevents oxygen from inflicting damage at the same speed as it would if you left it on your counter.

Best Way to Store Your Bubbly

There's nothing more festive than popping a bottle of bubbly to mark a special occasion or to enjoy with apps, but there's also nothing less appealing than flat Champagne the next day. Keep your bubbles bubbly by sealing the bottle immediately with a stopper and put it on ice. You can use an ice bucket, a large bowl or your sink for this - the fridge also works. The colder it stays, the less gas gets released. Higher-quality Champagne also keeps its bubbles longer because it contains fewer microscopic specks. Gas molecules have to attach to these specks to eventually form a bubble, and Champagne's cheaper counterparts have more specks and therefore more opportunity to escape the bottle.

Preserving your sanity by preserving your wine.

In Vino Veritas