What do you do with half a bottle of wine? There are so many preservation systems available, from pumps that suck air out to canisters that spray gas in, but the best preservation system of all is one of the cheapest, a 375ml ice wine bottle. If you think you are only going to drink two glasses, pour half the bottle into an old (clean) 375ml dessert wine bottle and cork it. The tall, narrow shape provides the smallest surface area for oxygen exchange. To save a little bit more, a 500ml Port bottle is perfect, and sometimes comes with a cork made for multiple uses.

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6 Responses

  1. Erika Szymanski

    A splendidly simple recycling strategy! One tip to accessorize your tip: be very sure to carefully wash the bottle before and after each use. Unlike most plastics, glass is non-porous and so won’t retain odors or pigments if sanitized thoroughly, but bottles have plenty of edges that can catch and retain smidges of wine. Not only will this adversely affect the flavor of the next wine you store, but it also rapidly generates an environment for mold and/or bacteria to multiply. Dishwashers usually don’t do a fantastic job with small bottles so, unless you have the great fortune of owning a sparger, get out that bottle cleaner!

  2. King Krak, Oenomancer

    The best thing to do is put a stopper on it and put it in the fridge. Only if it’s an older wine that is on its way out do you need to think about going beyond this.

  3. Don R

    This is a very level-headed suggestion indeed, but after nearly 10 years of success with my current method, I’m hard pressed to change. I’m a huge fan of the rubber stopper/vacuum pump combination because of how well it works and how low-maintenance it is. Young wines I’ve opened remain fresh for up to 2 weeks under this method, even at room temp! The vacuum keeps the air from quickly oxidizing the wine, even in their original 750ml bottles. Often changes are imperceptible from day to day, wtih the exception that usually the 2nd day is better than the first. Rare is the bottle that doesn’t last 4-5 days this way in perfect condition. Last reason to love them is that I find the drinkability window in years to mirror the number of days the wine survives, open, without oxidation. Very revealing and educational, on top of it. 🙂