The Fact and Fiction of Leftover Wine

Illustration © Julia Rothman
By F&W Editors Posted October 03, 2014

Opened wine lasts longer in the fridge: true or false? Here, the reality behind three common wine notions.

Here, the truth behind three common wine notions.

1. Unopened bottles in the fridge must stay chilled or else they will suffer.
False: They’ll be fine if you take them out of the fridge to store on a shelf.

2. You should vacuum-pump and recork open bottles.
False: Skip the vacuum pump—it will suck out the aroma. Just stick in the cork.

3. Open wine lasts longer in the fridge.
True: The cold temperature slows the oxidation that dulls flavor.

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