Does red wine have to be refrigerated?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Does red wine have to be refrigerated?” and tell you how long the red wine lasts once you have opened it. We will also give you tips on how to keep the red wine from spoiling and how to serve red wine.

Does red wine have to be refrigerated?

Red wine needs to be refrigerated once opened to slow down the deterioration process. Cooler temperatures inside the fridge slow down the oxidation process and keep the red wine good for drinking for a couple of days.

It is better to store opened red wine in a wine refrigerator if you own one because it has moderately cold temperatures which are ideal for wine. 

For storing red wine back in the refrigerator, place the cork back tightly so that the bottle is completely sealed and no air comes in contact with the wine.

If you do not have a cork or if you have lost it, then put plastic on the bottle and secure it in place with a rubber band.

Unopened wine should be kept in a cool, dry place away from moisture and direct sunlight. A wine cellar is an ideal storage place for wine but if you do not have one, then you can make a wine rack for your wine in the pantry. 

You should keep the red wine away from places that have higher temperature such as near the stovetop or oven. 

How long does the red wine last once opened?

Red wine will last for up to 3 to 5 days when stored properly in the fridge after opening it. If you wish to drink it after 5 days, give it a little taste test first and see  if it tastes fine. You can have it for up to a week after opening it in case it tastes fine.

How to keep the red wine from spoiling?

Refer to the following list of tips for keeping your red wine from spoiling.

  • When you want to store an opened bottle of red wine in the refrigerator, place the cork back in place tightly. The part of cork that was inside the bottle when it was unopened should be the side that goes back in.

The side of the cork that was above the bottle will have bacteria from when the bottle was being handled so if this bacteria gets inside the bottle, it can contaminate the wine.

  • Keep the bottle of red wine at temperatures below 70 degrees. Red wine is best enjoyed at room temperature so instead of placing the unopened sealed bottles of red wine in the fridge, keep them in a temperature controlled place.

    Avoid keeping them in places where there is heat such as near the oven or the stovetop.
  • Keep the bottles away from direct sunlight as exposure to light can cause them to go bad. A wine cellar in the basement would be an ideal place.
  • An old bottle of wine will go bad very quickly so instead of putting it in the fridge, you should use all of it at once to avoid wastage.
  • You can use a wine that tastes bad but does not have mold or any other signs of spoilage in recipes that require red wine as an ingredient.

How to serve red wine?

Red wine is best enjoyed at temperatures around 60 degrees. Unless it is a dessert wine, then you can chill it before serving.

Red wine that is too warm will taste very alcohol-like and the red wine that is too cold will not give you the best flavor profile.

Instead of chilling the red wine in the fridge, store it in a temperature controlled place.

You can have red wine with your meals. It is enjoyed with foods such as chicken or meat. It also goes very well with pasta.

Learn the best ways to drink red wine here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Does red wine have to be refrigerated?” and told you how long the red wine lasts once you have opened it. We also gave you tips on how to keep the red wine from spoiling and how to serve red wine.

Citations

https://www.wikihow.com/Store-an-Open-Bottle-of-Red-Wine#:~:text=While%20it’s%20common%20knowledge%20that,cold%20as%20a%20standard%20refrigerator.
https://www.wikihow.com/Drink-Red-Wine
https://www.askmen.com/fine_living/wine_dine_archive/can-you-refrigerate-red-wine.html

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