How Long Does Wine Last in the Fridge
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How Long Does Wine Last in the Fridge?

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In this article, we’re going to be discussing how long you can keep opened bottles and unopened bottles of wine in the fridge.

This is a common question that we get asked, and although the answer can vary slightly, depending on your wine fridge, and the specific wine that you’re storing, the typical answer to this remains the same, and it’s something we’ve discussed directly below.

How Long Does Wine Last in the Fridge

The answer to this question differs based on whether the wine has been opened or not. Therefore, we’ve provided answers for each circumstance:

Opened Bottles

An opened bottle of wine (white wine, red wine or sparkling wine) will typically last for around 3-5 days when stored in a wine fridge. However, in most cases, opened wine will begin to experience subtle changes in flavor within 1-2 days and onwards.

As the video above explains, sparkling wines need to be consumed a little bit sooner, as they will generally go flat after 2-3 days.

The longer wine has been opened, the faster it will deteriorate and harden in flavor, due to the oxidization process. Therefore, you’ll want to consume the wine before it oxidizes and tastes more like bitter vinegar.

It’s also important to note that the integrity of the cork/wine stopper will have a large impact on exactly how long the wine remains fresh.

Unopened Bottles

An unopened bottle of wine can last for months, if not years, when stored appropriately. This will depend on a number of variables, like the wine‘s temperature requirements, wine storage location, light & vibration exposure, etc.

Unopened red wine should be stored between 55-65 degrees for a reasonable period. This will preserve the flavors and tannins of the wine up to a year.

Unopened white wine should be stored around the temperature of 45-55 degrees. However, it’s important to make sure that if you’re storing wine at a very cold temperature, it should be left to stand for a while before being served, otherwise the taste will be somewhat muted with less aromas.

We have heard stories that some wines like Pinot Noir, Sauvignon, as well as Rose Wine are not as good for their long-term taste quality, if stored for an exceedingly long time. However, we always recommend contacting the wine brand, or searching for the specific brand and type of wine that you’re looking to store, to get storage guidelines.

David J Sharp is a wine equipment expert, having previously worked with some of the best wine cooler manufacturers within the USA. Today he works as a full-time wine cooler and wine cellar consultant for small and large clients alike. You can find out more about LoveCraftWines here.

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