Make the Most of Your Wine Order

Every last drop.

 

Perhaps you’ve been stocking up lately. While we love the special occasion wines, obscure rarities, and older vintages, most of the time we’re drinking something else at home. Especially now, the everyday bottles that fill our glass are worthy of appreciation, so here are our best tips to enjoy them to the last drop.

 
#1. Refrigerate wine between pours.

Just how long a bottle lasts after opening depends on the wine, but on average you can get two or three days from the typical red or white as long as it’s not too delicate or aged. Extend any bottle’s shelf life by refrigerating between pours, which slows oxidation to maintain flavor—just pull reds out an hour or two before you plan to drink them so they’re at the right temperature.

Try a liter of Hand Work Tempranillo, a rustic Spanish Grenache, or inky Cantine Grasso Nero d’Avola “Baldovino,” which both have the structure to last a few days after opening.

#2. Try a boxed wine.

Bag-in-box wines keep air from getting in and can stay fresh for up to a month, especially if refrigerated. One box of organic “From the Tank” Chardonnay is equivalent to four 750ml bottles of wine, but takes up a lot less space. You can decant box wines into a small carafe before serving to add some style to the bulk wine experience.

Sake, also available in large-formats like the three-liter Hakushika Tanuki Junmai, is good for at least a few weeks after opening.

#3. Make spritzer!

If your wine has lost some flavor and acidity after a few days, consider spritzer. With little more than ice, seltzer, and a twist you can lift any tired wine’s spirits, especially a tart Sauvignon Blanc or dry rosé like Casa de Paços Vinho Verde Rosé. A dash of bitters or your favorite fruit liqueur completes the drink.

#4. Cook with it.

Even if a wine is on its last days, you can always use it for cooking. Keep a container for red and one for white in your freezer that you can add to and cook from whenever necessary—that way, you never have to open a bottle just to make a recipe.

Dry, mellow Sirio Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is clean and light for cooking and easy drinking. Or, if you’re in need of a long-term pet project, give vinegar-making a try.