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chevelle's avatar

How long can an opened bottle of wine last in the fridge?

Asked by chevelle (53points) January 30th, 2009
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KrystaElyse's avatar

No longer than a day or two I believe, I may be wrong… Unless you have one of those things that suck the air out of the bottle to preserve it for a little longer.

marinelife's avatar

It depends. it helps to remove as much air as possible. Generally, no more than a few days without quality deterioration in my experience. Ah, Like KrystaElyse said.

AstroChuck's avatar

It can last forever in there.
I wouldn’t drink it, though.

fireside's avatar

I found one in my parents fridge that was probably 4 months old.
That was too long.

timothykinney's avatar

It depends a lot on the wine. Whites fare better than reds. The more tannins in the wine the more it will degrade due to oxidation. If you can create a vaccuum in the bottle and chill it nice and cold it will go a bit further. But even sucking out the oxygen and chilling it I find most reds don’t last more than a day or two. Whites maybe 3 or 4.

Why would you want to store opened wine? Wine is like a lover. Once you open it, there’s no going back.

KrystaElyse's avatar

@fireside – 4 months old! Poor wine! It was left for way too long without someone drinking it :(

btko's avatar

Does it go bad/rotten or just taste bad?

fireside's avatar

It had a LOT of sediment.
I didn’t taste it to see if it was still good : )

marinelife's avatar

@btko Think vinegar.

buster's avatar

Does box wine go bad after its opened too?

marinelife's avatar

@buster With box wine, who could tell?

KrystaElyse's avatar

boxed wine is sooo classy ;)

mij's avatar

Not too bloody long in my house, me old mate…

timothykinney's avatar

Most box wine has a special spigot that doesn’t allow oxygen in when you pour. So I find box wine usually lasts quite a long time, even at room temperature. However, I have seen it spoil before (after a couple of months). Then you just make spiced wine out of it!

EmpressPixie's avatar

Depends on the kind of box wine. You have tetrapaks, that are boxes with a crewcap (think milk carton). They go bad as quickly as a bottle—the only major plus to them is that they are environmentally friendly. For a nice tetrapak wine in the US, try the Three Bandits stuff. Gourmet liked their Pinot Grigio. It’s about $8 for a liter.

If you have the kind of box wine with a spigot, it should say how long it will be good on the box. The 4 liter boxes usually have a max of three months. The box is cardboard, but inside is a plastic bag that keeps any air from getting to the wine. For an okay box wine like this, try Black Box or (I can’t believe I’m about to say this) Wine Cube from Target isn’t awful.

Box wines are far friendlier to the environment and there are quite a few decent ones out there. Just look up some articles on the green move to box wines to find reviews of better ones.

timothykinney's avatar

@EmpressPixie, wouldn’t proper recycling of glass wine bottles be just as good for the environment as boxed wine?

gooch's avatar

Black Box wine is really good. Don’t knock all box wine. Box wine with a bladder doesn’t oxidize nearly as fast.

EmpressPixie's avatar

I like Black Box, I was more trying to hedge Wine Cube which was shockingly nice (I had the red), but I’ve heard their reisling is like candy.

And recycling the glass from wine bottles is actually pretty hard. Especially reds or cellar-worthy whites because they tend to be in a dark color that’s only used for wine. So the resell market is basically vinters willing to buy recycled glass. Plus, the actual recycling process isn’t great. On top of that, it takes a lot more gas to move them because the glass is a lot heavier than cardboard.

timothykinney's avatar


“The Glass Packaging Institute recently announced that its members will aim to use at least 50 percent recycled glass in their jars or bottles by 2013. Currently the institute estimates that the average recycled content in glass containers is about 25 percent (but 60 percent for Europe, which is better at recycling). Some states mandate it: in California, all glass beverage containers must include 35 percent recycled glass, and 50 percent in Oregon, according to the Institute.

Recycled glass goes into an array of things, like jewelry and even colorful mulch.

Plenty of glass also goes into making more wine bottles. The Gallo Glass Company, a California bottle maker, uses 35 to 55 percent recycled glass in its clear bottles, and up to 80 percent for dark green bottles. One benefit is that recycled glass “doesn’t take as much energy to turn it back into molten glass,” according to Mike Ball, a technical specialist there. Green glass, he said, is able to use more recycled content because it is darker, whereas clear (or “flint”) glass with high recycled content is prone to streaking — “like somebody has taken a crayon” to the bottle, he said.”

“Anchor Glass Container’s Kathy Richter told ISRI’s meeting in Las Vegas last March, “Our plants aren’t getting enough and we want to buy more. At glass container plants, we want color-sorted, contaminant-free post-consumer bottles and jars.” Currently, there are 69 glass container plants in the U.S., each using cullet to make new bottles and jars.”

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

Youll get about two days max.

Bottles of wine are meant to be taken to the end when opened. (you wouldnt stop good oral sex halfway through would you?)

If you must preserve a half finished bottle use a spray wine preserver (it puts a sealing layer of CO2 over the top of the wine)

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