How To Store Your Leftover Wines

The party is over. Your guests are on their way home. Time to clean up and then you see bottles of leftover wines. It is easy just to throw them away, but it will be a total waste especially if they were good quality wines.

Did you know that you could still enjoy the leftover wine within the next two days after opening the bottle? It is possible as long as you ensure that you store the leftover wine properly. Here are some tips to store your leftover wines.

Transfer

Air affects the aging of the wine. The more air, the faster the aging process, resulting in significant deterioration of the wine’s taste. It is helpful to transfer the wine to a smaller container, such as a half bottle, to minimize the air that could affect the wine. You can purchase half bottle wines from your local wine stores. Just consume the wine from the half bottle. I am sure it will not be that hard because half bottles contain 375ml of wine only.

Once the wine has been consumed, rinse the half bottle with water and dry it. Use a funnel when you transfer the leftover wine to the half bottle and seal it tightly using cork, screw cap or a saran wrap. The key here is to seal it really tight.

Refrigerate

If you do not have an available half bottle wine, you can just use the original bottle and re-cork it. Do not reverse the cork because the exposed side that might have some dirt that could damage the wine. After sealing the bottle, you can refrigerate it.

Do not leave the wine under room temperature especially when the bottle has been opened already. The warm temperature would speed up the deterioration of the wine thereby affecting the taste.

Buy a specialized corkscrew

There is a new kind of corkscrews that will allow you to pour wine without pulling out the cork. This corkscrew would come in handy especially when you want to get just a glass of wine from a regular-sized wine bottle.

You just need to place the corkscrew so that its needle can pierce through the cork. It is just a small incision and will not damage the cork. Once the needle is in, you need to tilt the bottle to a 45-degree angle and press and release the corkscrews trigger to pour the wine into your glass. When you had your fill, you need to pull the corkscrew straight up to remove it. The small hole in the cork from the corkscrew will seal again ensuring that the precious wine will be preserved as if it has not been opened yet.

Drink

If you are still able, you can just drink it right away. It will be better if you have a friend with whom you can share it. In spite of this advice, remember to always drink in moderation and responsibly.

These tips will give you a maximum of two days to finish the leftover wine. Remember, once the bottle has been opened, your wine has already been exposed to the elements that speed up its deterioration.

 

How To Appreciate Your Wine

Wine is an artistic drink. Unlike other drinks that just goes through the mouth, wine needs to be seen, smelled, felt and tasted. It needs to go through our different senses to be appreciated.

Wine tasting could be very daunting to the uninitiated. There are so many terminologies and rituals that should be learned. It could be intimidating but knowing the basics will make you realize that it is not that hard.

It is amazing how one grape, given the right conditions, could turn into a masterfully crafted drink. The wine tasting activity takes a person to journey to discover the flavors and scents that wine possess.

You do not have to be a connoisseur to appreciate wine. Anyone can find the beauty of wine. Once you learned how to appreciate it, you will never look at a bottle of wine the same again.

Before gulping the wine, there are basic things you need to remember when you go to a wine tasting event.

See

The first sense you need to use to appreciate your wine is your sense of sight. The appearance of the wine can give you clues on its characteristics. When you see a connoisseur lift and tilt his glass, he is looking for that clues. Here are the basics of what you need to discover when you drink a glass of wine.

  • Clarity – Wines are commonly clear. You may spot a bit of haziness, but it should be okay. There are instances that the winemaker opts to keep the wine unfiltered. However, wine should never be too cloudy.
  • Color – Wines have different shades depending on their age and concentration. However, it is not an indicator of quality. For instance, a young white wine color would be greenish near the edge and straw-colored in the middle. For red wine, a brownish shade at the edge could mean it is aged.
  • Viscosity – This refers to the thick consistency of the wine. You will notice this when you swirl the wine and focus on the sides of the glass. You will see the consistency of the wine as it is streaking down the sides of the glass. A higher viscosity means a higher sugar or alcohol concentration.
  • Smell – Remember how you food could taste bland when you have colds? This is because the smell contributes to the way you perceive taste. Do not be ashamed to bring your nose to the glass. You need to get a good whiff of the smell. If you did not catch the scent, swirl your glass gently to let the air lift the scent from the wine. You will be amazed at the different scents you can pick up with just a glass of wine. Fruity smelling wines could mean they are still young. Older wines will give off a smell that is richer like coffee or leather. It is interesting to note that the wine would not necessarily taste as it smells.

Taste

Finally! Time to taste. Do not sip. Take a mouthful but don’t swallow just yet. Take the time to feel the texture of the wine in your mouth and associate it what you saw and smelled before. You will now taste the fruity sweetness or the tannin. The tannin is the bitterness that you taste. Now that you have tasted, it is your choice to spit or swallow. You could opt to spit it if there are still a lot of wine lined up, so you do not get drunk.

So how do you judge a good wine? There is no right or wrong answer. One wine could appeal to different people. As the cliché goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” this holds true with wines.

How To Have A Wine Tasting Party At Home

We enjoy hosting a wine tasting in our home. We like to be around friends enjoying our most favorite thing in the world–wines. We often have the event once a year during the winter season, depending on everyone’s availability.

We were supposed to have our annual wine tasting last December. However, we were unable to push through because we needed to prioritize the professional pest treatment for our home. Our house is in Denver, and I already saw a couple of earwigs on our exterior walls. Our regular pest control service provider already called us last November to schedule it, but we were too busy. Next time, we will heed their advice. They are an expert on these things.

So this month, we will resume our canceled wine tasting event, and I’d like to take advantage of this time to share with you what I do when I prepare for a wine tasting event at home. It is easier than preparing for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Choose Your Theme

Having a theme helps succeeding decisions easier. A theme will help you visualize how you want your event and what wines you want to prepare. Wine tasting ideas could be something from tasting all the labels of a vineyard or picking a region and tasting wine varietals from there. There are just examples. Some people opts something like a wine potluck, where everyone attending will bring their selected wine.

Ten Is A Crowd

I know you have friends, relatives, and acquaintances that will benefit and enjoy a wine tasting at home. However, keeping your guests to a maximum of ten will help maintain the focus on the wine. It is also hard to talk to several people at the same time. And practically speaking, you have to spend more wine to accommodate a lot of individuals in your wine tasting.

Prepare the goods

Make sure that the wine of your choice is available. Order it ahead of time to avoid the stress of looking for it at the last minute. Make sure that you purchase enough wine for your guests. For wine tasting, a bottle of wine could serve six to ten guests.

Next, prepare the things that you will need.

  • Glassware. Try to allow two glasses per guest so that they can compare two wines at a time.
  • A wine opener and an extra to make sure you have a back-up.
  • A spittoon where your guest can spit wine.
  • An ice bucket to keep the wines chilled.
  • A tasting grid for taking notes.
  • Bread or crackers to clean the palate in between tasting.
  • White napkins for cleaning up and to serve as background for the wine so that the color can be appreciated better.

After party food

You do not have to offer something fancy. Just something enough to cap the wine tasting like a dessert or something to help absorb the alcohol.

These are the quick things I prepare on our wine tasting events. As you can see, it is easy and will surely give your guests something to look forward to next time.