If your holiday adventures left you with a few open bottles of wine, you might want to throw those bottles in the fridge—even the red bottles.
While I traditionally keep white wine in the fridge, open bottles of red wine are typically left on our kitchen counter where they stay until the next night when I finish them off, or the end of the next week when I remember they exist and toss them.
Recently, Wine Enthusiast made a suggestion I had somehow never considered: store that open red wine in the fridge.
According to Wine Enthusiast, the cool temperature of your fridge can’t stop the wine from breaking down, but it can help slow down the process, giving you a bit longer to drink it at its best.
Unconvinced, I did a little more research and it’s a recommendation made by many other wine experts as well. Wine Folly says that oxidation will happen at a slower pace if you keep that wine in the fridge.
If you find yourself frequently storing half-consumed bottles, Wine Folly also suggests springing for a vacuum pump that will suck all the air out of the bottle when you recork it.
If you don’t have a vacuum pump, Wine Enthusiast suggests funnelling your remaining wine into a bottle with a screw cap so you can get a good seal on it, preventing more oxygen from coming in through that open cork while it’s being stored.
And unlike before it was open, avoid storing that open wine bottle on its side. You’ll expose more of the wine to oxygen that way, and accidentally make your wine taste worse, not better.