Make Your Wine Last Longer With Your Vacuum Sealer
- Tips and How To's
Traditional bottle stoppers and repurposed corks are effective ways to keep your wine fresh for 24 hours, but if you're looking to prolong the life of your favorite vino, it may be in your best interest to look into vacuum sealing. This process is ideal for keeping flavors in and air particles out, as the airtight packaging can preserve your wine bottle for the long run.
If you're tired of using plastic wrap and old corks to save your wine, consider the benefits of vacuum sealing.
What Happens to Wine When Exposed to Air?
Allowing your wine to breathe may enrich its flavor. However, prolonged exposure to air can lead to a dramatic decrease in quality, as oxygen causes a chemical reaction that can cause the beverage to lose both its taste and aroma, according to the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute.
Slight aeration may improve the taste, but your wine should be covered after it's been opened to preserve the flavors and maximize its shelf life. To get the most from your bottle, Wine Folly recommended storing red wines upright in a space that can maintain room temperature, as this can also reduce the amount of oxygen to which the beverage is exposed.
Keeping Wine Fresh for Days
The Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute reported that the highest quality wines are those that have been exposed to the least amount of oxygen. To ensure that your bottles remain properly sealed between glasses, it's important to use preservation methods that can create an airtight seal.
One of the best ways to ensure that your vino stays fresher for longer is by using your vacuum sealer and FoodSaver® Bottle Stoppers - these small accessories hook up to your sealing system and prevent air or harmful chemicals from ruining your vino. These stoppers can keep your wine fresher for five times as long as traditional preservation methods, as the vacuum seal effectively allows the wine to maintain its taste and smell.
What About Champagne?
Unlike wine, champagne cannot be recorked. Since one of the main appeals of champagne is its fizziness, some experts recommend keeping it uncovered to prevent the beverage from going flat. However, Dr. Richard Zare, a professor in natural science at Stanford University, explained to NPR that the best way to keep your champagne fresh is by keeping it cool. Whether you vacuum seal it, wrap it in plastic or keep it uncovered, put it in the fridge to extend the shelf life by a day or two.