How to recork and store wine bottles.

Stored properly, an opened bottle of wine can last 3-5 days. The key to extending the shelf life of an open wine and retain its original qualities is to recork it promptly and tightly.

Tips to recork wine bottles

How to recork open wine bottles

To recork an open wine bottle, place some wax paper around the cork and slide it back. The wax will ease the cork into the top and ensure that no stray parts drop into the bottle.

If recorking isn’t an option -for instance, if the cork is splintered or has been discarded- a rubber wine stopper can create a tight seal.

An upgrade option for recorking is a wine vacuum pump, which enables you to suck the air out of an open bottle, creating a nearly airtight seal.

See also: Wine Storage : Light protection
Wine Storage : Proper bottle position
Wine Storage : Proper Temperature