How long does a bottle of wine last after opening?
Suppose I open a grocery-store quality bottle of wine, consume half, then put the cork back in the bottle. How long after that is the wine still ok to drink?
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It definitely depends on multiple variables including the type of wine and the age of the bottle. E.g. Ports last longer than a non-desert wines.
Both are an attempt to eliminate the wine's exposure to air. Both work reasonably well.
Oxidation (caused by exposure to air) changes a wine's flavor profile gradually over time. A little air helps, hence decanting and swirling. But too much air causes undesirable tastes develop and intensify.
Regardless of what else you do, putting the bottle in the refrigerator will help. If it's a red, just pull it out q while before serving (~30-60 minutes).
If all you do is put the cork back in the bottle, I'd drink it within a two to three days.
If you use either tool mentioned above, you can probably stretch that out to about a week.
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As others have said, it depends on the type of wine. I'm going with not fortified (such as port or sherry or brandy), since I don't think you meant that type (and they ought to be decanted, and there's a inverse rule for port that says 10 year port can be kept for two or three weeks once decanted, and 40 year port should be consumed that evening, and so on...).
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White wines keep less time than reds. Sweet wines keep less time than dry. I'm not a fan of ANY of those pump the air out things. I've tried them all, and I use NONE of them. If you open a red, let it breathe for a bit before you re-cork it (an hour is plenty). Don't do this with whites; it doesn't help.
Some reds keep longer than others. Cabernet (not C Franc; vastly inferior grape on my planet), Merlot, Malbec, and Syrah, all seem to be fine for a few days. Pinot Noir is okay for a day or two, but is noticeably less wonderful after that...
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