We’ve all been there, facing the ultimate wine drinker’s dilemma — you’re craving a single glass of wine with dinner, but unwilling to sacrifice an entire bottle for just one pour.
Once the cork pops, the countdown clock to vino expiration begins ticking. We’re re-introducing air to the drinking equation, which has a love-hate relationship with wine. A little bit of oxygen can help bring out key aromas and flavors, however, exposure to air over a longer period of time will flatten and spoil our wine.
Simply re-corking isn’t enough (that’s actually trapping unwanted air in the bottle with the wine), which is why there are wine preservation systems. These are nifty gadgets that remove unwanted air from uncorked bottles and extend the expiration date of wine by several days, or even weeks!
There are a lot of these short-term solutions out there, so here’s a quick round-up of the types of systems that can help you extend the lifespan of your liquid leftovers: