f you’re like me, you rarely have to worry about what to do once you open a bottle of wine. Once it’s open, it’s almost a guarantee it will all be gone. If you’re more of a one-glass-and-done kind of a person, though, you may need some creative suggestions on what to do with that half full bottle.
If you plan on drinking it again during the week, cork it back up and keep it in the fridge. Champagne will keeps for three days, although it will have less bubbles. Red and white will last three to five days if you cork it after opening.
WineFolly Madeline Puckette explains that wines with more acid will last longer while those with less acid are likely to spoil quicker. “Full-bodied white wines like oaked Chardonnay and Viognier tend to have much less acidity which will cause them to ruin more quickly,” she says.
Also, if you do wind up with leftover wine a lot, consider buying boxed wine instead as it seals up after each pour resulting in a longer lasting product or invest in a vacuum wine saver that helps remove air from the bottle and acts as a temporary cork.
Did you end up with more than one bottle of leftover wine after a dinner party? Think outside the glass and get creative with these ways to use it up.
1. COOK WITH IT
If you’ve got dinner and wine leftovers, use both to create a new dish. Wine is a common ingredient in sauces, stews, marinades and more. A splash of red wine to your Sunday sauce is the perfect way to add complexity in flavor without any work and the ideal way to use up your vegetables from last night’s dinner.
Leftover white wine from a chicken dinner? Make a sauce with the wine and soup with the food. Steak dinner equals beef stew and red wine in the broth will only make it better.
2. DEGLAZE THE PAN
Use wine to deglaze a pan when cooking to help add depth, and soak up the flavor of all those caramelized pieces of food stuck to the pan.
3. MAKE FERTILIZER
If you have a backyard garden, your leftover wine is just the thing you need to help those greens grow.
Red wine can help activate the bacteria in compost to produce the ideal fertilizer for your plants.