How to Take Care for Any Wine Leftovers

One problem that many of us have is taking care of leftover wine. There is a joke saying that we do not have to deal with this is we just finish the bottle. Yet, this is an issue many moderate drinkers, just like me have. When you spend a decent amount on a nice bottle of wine, you really don’t want it to go to waste. Here is what you can do to preserve your wine for up to 2-3 days:

  • pour in a smaller bottle/container – pouring the wine in a smaller bottle will minimise the contact with air and will preserve your wine longer
  • use a vacuum pump – you pull all the air from your bottle using this gadget, you can place the cork back and your wine will be fresh for a few more days
  • keep it in the fridge – it you store the leftover wine in the fridge you will prolong its life. Some people even store it in their freezer. Lower temperature minimizes the chemical reactions.
Wine Preserving Vacuum Stopper Pump
Wine Preserving Vacuum Stopper Pump

Use alternatively – you can also get creative with your wine leftover. You can make:

  • wine ice cubes and use with your favorite beverage
  • sauce for your favorite meal – wine is a nice addition for meat or veggies, mix with garlic and fresh herbs to make a delicious sauce
  • salad dressing – add some vinegar, olive oil and herbs and your dressing will be ready
  • poach fruit – add fruit, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, lemon, orange. Mix together and heath up for a nice warm drink

    Use Any Wine Leftovers to Make a Salad Dressing
    Use Any Wine Leftovers to Make a Salad Dressing

I hope I have given you some useful tip and ideas of how to store and use leftover wine. I will visit you again next week with some more tips and tricks.

Enjoy a Bottle of Wine at the Perfect Temperature

Last week I shared with you my simple wine tasting methods. I hope you have already tried that. This week I would like to tell you about a little wine accessory that I use to keep my wine at a decent drinking temperature. I use a wine chiller stick. Just let me tell you why.

You know that red and white wine have different drinking temperature. If you want to go in further detail you can find that every wine type has its own desired drinking temperature.

Here is what I do when I just want to have a few glasses of wine with my girlfriend after a tough day at work.

Keep My Red Wine From Getting Too Warm

Bottles of Red Wine Kept in the Cellar Where Is Cool Enough
Bottles of Red Wine Kept in the Cellar Where Is Cool Enough

I usually store a few bottles of red wine in my cellar where the temperature is about 55°F. I take the bottle inside and open it. I leave it for some time to breath a bit. Then I pour both of us a glass. I like it to be quite warm at home. But my red wine prefers cooler temperatures. To prevent going back and forth to the cellar I use the wine chiller stick. Once well frozen it can keep that nice wine temperature for up to an hour. It is usually enough to finish the wine.

Preserve White Wine Well Chilled for Up to an Hour

Young Couple Drinking  a Bottle Of Red Wine With Wine Chiller Stick Over Lunch
Young Couple Drinking a Bottle Of Red Wine With Wine Chiller Stick Over Lunch

When my girlfriend prepares the dinner she usually picks white wine. White wine tastes way better when is chilled to about 40°F-50°F. That is why she puts the bottle in the fridge for an hour. After that she inserts the wine chiller stick and we can enjoy the wine rather than going back and forth to the fridge when my glass is empty.

 

Wine Chiller Stick with Built-in Aerator and Pourer by My Wine Passion
Wine Chiller Stick with Built-in Aerator and Pourer by My Wine Passion

My wine chiller stick has a built-in aerator and double layer pourer that make it an all-in-one solution for any wine type. The double-layer pourer helps me pour confidently without any drips, while my wine aerates evenly as I serve it.

Taste Wine and Simply Enjoy Your Time with It

So where were we… yes, we have just poured a glass of wine and now it is time to taste it.
I have found out that getting familiar how to taste wine is no more complicated than learning how to appreciate nice music or decent art. I just had to teach my senses to find out which wine type gives me more pleasure.

A Man Tastes a Glass of Wine

I have selected two videos for you. They are both about the same topic and there is something else common in them than wine tasting – they both describe it as an easy process:

How To Taste Wine

by The Good Stuff

How to Taste Wine Like a Pro – Wine Simplified

by betterbooktv

Taste wine like a pro with these easy steps to evaluate wine and find out which one is your favorite one. I evaluate my wine in these three ways:

  • by sight – when I take a look at my wine, I will assess the color and density. This step takes just a few seconds – first I look straight down to the glass, then I hold it against the light, lastly I tilt it a bit to see the color. Seeing that wine looks clear and shows some sparkle, is always a good sign. The crystal clear wine glass will help you with this. Now I give it a swirl to see wine legs (the little drips on the inner rim of the glass). The more legs I see the stronger the wine is. Try with whiskey or cognac to see what I mean.
  • by sniff – I give my wine glass a swirl and take a sniff. There are over a thousand of aroma components in a glass of wine divided in three main categories – fruits, earth and wood. Trust your senses and find all the aromas in your wine. I use a wine aerator to reduce the amount of sulfites in the wine. It enhances the true wine aroma.
  • by taste – I have a sip to sense the flavor and structure. Flavors relate to fruits such as lemon, raspberry, coconut. Structure relates to sweetness, acidity, alcohol level, body, etc. This depends on the age and the region. A good wine should be balanced. To enjoy the wine at the same temperature I use a wine chiller stick. It preserves the right temperature for up to an hour. It is a small wine accessory that really makes a difference.

Once you have gone through these easy steps, you can determine for yourself whether you found your wine to be balanced, if there was anything unique, anything that impressed you, if it tastes good. To enjoy your wine to the fullest, always choose the one that tastes best to you.

If you are just like a friend of mine who differs wine by red or white and by the size of the bottle make sure you drop me a line for a peace of mind. He feels desperate.

Pour Your Wine Without Drips and Spills

If you have ever thought that pouring wine is not that important you should think again. If you mind wine sediments and cork bits in you wine glass, like I do. If you mind the wine stains on you tablecloth after the last birthday party. Then you should read on and I will share with you how I prevent these wine (party) disasters.

Spilled Wine, Fascinating
Spilled Wine, Fascinating by Travis Nep Smith, on Flickr

The first part is fairly easy and simple – just clean the wine bottle from dust. If you keep your wine at the basement, or you got it from a wine cellar it would usually be a bit dusty. This is the easiest way to prevent undesired particles falling in your glass.

Dusty Wine Bottles

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When you get your corkscrew cut the foil 1/2 inch from the lip. This will make sure that wine will go straight into the glass and not on the table. Then simply open the bottle.

To help me pour the wine I have got a wine pourer. It is a small acrylic spout that is attached on the top of the bottle. The wine pours through and is directed easily. My pourer comes with a super thin edge that leaves no wine drips at all.

Pour
Pour by Jim Sher, on Flickr

After the bottle is cleaned and opened I just insert the wine pourer and get the wine glasses that match my wine. I have already shared with you a few tips on the topic last week. You can find more here.

You should get the bottle a few inches from the glass and pour the wine in the center of the glass. The bigger the distance the quicker your wine will aerate and release its wine bouquet. Fill the glass at about a third. There should be enough space for your fellow drinkers to swirl the vino without spilling it. I used to twist the wine bottle towards the end of the pour to prevent from drips. Now my double layer wine pourer prevents wine drips.

Last but not least when I am a few glasses deep into a bottle of wine, a drunk-proof pour spout that doesn’t leave drips of wine all over is an amazing feature.

Aerate Your Wine to Enhance Its True Flavour

Why should wine be left to breathe before you consume it?
Have you ever asked yourself a question like this one? What the difference would be?

You are having a nice dinner party at your home later tonight. You have already invited some family friends to spend a pleasant evening together. To have some chat… to enjoy a few glasses wine… You are anxiously looking forward to the dinner party. You have a few bottles of fine red wine prepared for tonight, they are sitting on the kitchen counter. Then you start wondering…

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Photo by Elton Morris, on Flickr

When should I open the wine bottles? Before my friends come or after that?

I would like to share with you what I have learned from John. He is a friend of mine. I know him for a few years. John is a wine enthusiast and always uses the chance to wine-educate me. And I have to honestly tell you, he has some great tips to share!

Once while I was having a dinner with John he said to me that it is best to open a bottle of red wine no less than half an hour before the guests have arrived and the wine party has started. He said that once the wine inside the bottle is left to aerate, it allows the wine molecules to expand and the aromas to develop with the contact of air. To ensure maximum contact with air, John has said to me – “you may choose to use wine aerator or a decanter”. I have found out that both work equally fine for me so it’s a matter of preference.

Wine decanters are sophisticated and impressive wine accessories. They are used to add class and style to the vino inside. Decanters are easy to use. Simple pour your wine, leave it for a half an hour, while it constantly aerates. The downside is that things can get a little messy sometimes… I have broken a few quite easily as most decanters are made of glass. There are a few plastic ones but they do not look the same way. I look forward a titanium wine decanter to be invented so it can last in the kitchen while I am around. 😀

New Decanter
Photo – New Decanter by Geoff Parsons, Flickr

I would rather pick a wine aerator – this is a new-era wine accessory solution. Wine aerators are pocket-fit small. It is pretty easy to carry it anywhere. I prefer the ones that are attached to the lip of the bottle. They aerate my wine as I pour it into the wine glasses and would help it evolve and age more quickly for best results. The wine aerators are typically made of acrylic so they are quite durable and more practical, as they do not take any extra space like the decanter.

The Wine Aerator Is A New-Era Aeration Solution
The Wine Aerator Is A New-Era Aeration Solution

A wine decanter or a wine aerator – you chose, but you should definitely get one of these small kitchen tools to gain maximum joy from your favourite bottle of red wine. Try either one and see the miracle that will happen with your wine.

Tell us about your wine experience:

Glassware – Choose the Right Glass for Your Wine

I attended a BBQ party with some friends over the weekend. The host was Mike – a good friend of mine. It was planned to be a pretty nice event. We had we going to have a nice chat and some delicious beef stakes. I have to tell you – Mike is really famous with the amazing BBQ he makes! We had brought a few bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon as well…

There was one issue though – Mike had some PLASTIC CUPS …

Plastic Cups Are the Easiest Way to Spoil Your Wine
Plastic Cups Are the Easiest Way to Spoil Your Wine

“What on earth have you been thinking? Don’t you have some decent wine glasses in this house?” Was exactly what I told him and Mike goes “You know I don’t like to do dishes”. So in result the wine had flat taste, no discernible bouquet, and was a bit vinegary.

I got to tell you, using the right wine glasses would make a world of difference for you! Each wine requires its specific style of glass so you can fully enjoy it.

Few people know that holding the glass by the bowl ends up in quickly warming up the wine and likely – spoiling its taste. You should always grab and hold that wineglass by its stem. Let me give you some tips how and why to choose a perfect wine glass for your wine:

  • red wine glasses are generally larger compare to all the rest. They usually have a fuller bowl with a larger opening. Red wines require a bigger glass with larger capacity to swirl it. This would allow all the delightful aromas to fill the glass so you can easily sense them and enjoy them.

Swing
Original photo by: Andreas Levers, on Flickr

  • for white wines – make sure you use a U-shaped glass. Such a glass usually has a much higher stem to hold it. Holding the wineglass by the stem will maintain the wine temperature longer. A decent white wine is best served in a glass with a larger opening. This way the wine will be directed to the tip and sides of your tongue so you would taste the wine sweetness.

refreshing
Original photo by: collectmoments, on Flickr

  • sparkling wine glasses are upright and narrower than all other wine glasses. They capture the aromas of the wine best. The classic shape of a champagne glass enhances the bubbles. Bubbles will burst right at the tip of your lips rather than in the glass. The higher stem helps preserve a cool drinking temperature.
Champagne Glasses Are Upright and Narrow
Champagne Glasses Are Upright and Narrow

I hope this has been helpful! If you visit a friend like Mike, who does not like to do dishes, you know what wine glasses to bring over.

Please, use the comments form bellow to share your pleasant or funny experience with picking the right wine glass.

How to Open a Bottle of Your Favorite Wine Without Drips and Spills

Hello Wine Lovers,

I have seen and have heard of many stories about opening wine bottles with kitchen knives, spoons, forks, house keys, scissors, air pressure, shoes, screwdrivers and what not. I have been forced to try some of these methods myself. I bet that you might have as well. Some of these methods might work just ok when you do not have your corkscrew handy. Yet if you lack some of the skills and experience this would turn into a true catastrophe. You might end up having vino slipped all around and place and tiny pieces of glass everywhere. Cleaning this up is not nice. I have even watched a video on YouTube where 2 boys break a toilet with a bottle of wine while trying to open it without a screw driver.

I would rather fill a glass or two and enjoy, than pull my hair and clean the mess up. There is nothing the works better that the old corkscrew!
So let me share with you how I open my bottles of wine in a few easy steps WITH a corkscrew:

Wine corkscrew - your best friend

  1. cut the foil – foil covers the top of the wine bottle to preserve the wine cork from oxygen and dust. While pouring it catches small drips of wine. I use a foil cutter. If you do not have one around you could easily use a knife and cut the foil about half an inch below the lip of the bottle. This would prevent your wine from touching the foil when pouring
  2. insert the corkscrew – I would place the tip of the wine corkscrew in the centre of the cork. Then I start twisting until I have 1 or 2 twists left. This will prevent from any tiny cork pieces falling in my glass of wine, which can change the aromas
  3. gently pull the cork – if you have a wing corkscrew you just need to push the wings down gently until the cork is pulled out. If you have a regular corkscrew – just pull the handle firmly and lift the cork up till it pops.
A winged corkscrew is the easiest way to open your wine
A winged corkscrew is the easiest way to open your wine

You are done!

That’s it for now! I hope you have enjoyed this quick wine tip. Make sure you sip a glass of your favorite wine and enjoy!