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It’s one of the questions O'Brien's Wine Director, Lynne Coyle, Master of Wine is asked most often: how long does wine stay fresh after opening it? "It depends on two things," she explains. "Mainly age and style. But, being wine, there’s always exceptions to the rule."
Here are Lynne’s top tips for storing all sorts of wine and you'll find out what *not* to do with wine in the video below too.
One of the trickiest wines to keep fresh is sparkling wine, Lynne says. "The absolute best thing you can do is go out and buy an inexpensive stopper to pop onto your bottle of Champagne,” she advises. "Once resealed that can most definitely live in the fridge for a couple of days." The same tip applies to Prosecco and other sparkling wines too.
White wines can also be stored in the fridge for two to three days with a stopper although Lynne has an even easier solution. "My advice is to buy wine with a screw cap because it very easily goes back onto the top of the bottle," she says.
Lighter reds, such as Pinot Noir, can have their life extended after opening and there may be other benefits too. "A couple of days in the fridge can really help to improve the fruit flavours and aromas in a lighter red."
"A more robust red with higher tannins can be stored for longer," Lynne says. "It doesn’t need to go into the fridge because the tannins will protect a wine."
And when it comes to ports you can enjoy it for quite a while if you store it correctly. "There’s higher alcohol in port and in other fortified wines and these can quite often be kept for two to three weeks," Lynne notes. "The important thing is to keep the cork, pop it back in and store it."