If you’re enjoying a romantic date on Valentine’s Day this week, it’s possible you’ll enjoy a nice glass of wine.
However, if you don’t quite finish that bottle of red, there’s a common pitfall you should be aware of.
A sommelier has warned that leaving an opened wine out will actually make it spoil faster.
Sam Tyson, from Winebuyers.com with 20 years experience, explained that it’s important to put it straight in the fridge - just like you would with a white.
The expert explained that any exposure to air will make a red lose its aromas and flavours, and eventually go off.
“Almost any reaction happens more slowly at cooler temperatures, making the fridge an excellent spot to rest your red,” he told the Daily Mail.
“The more wine in the bottle means the longer the wine will remain fresh, just like milk.
“To this end, transferring any remaining wine into a smaller bottle can really help. Just remember to take it out of the fridge well before you want to drink it!”
The expert added that decanting can make your average wine taste even better because it allows it to “breathe”.
You should add the red to a decanter approximately 30 minutes before pouring into wine glasses.
While keeping it in the fridge can extend its life, over-chilling wine - of any kind - can render the taste dull and lose its sweetness.
Sam suggested that ice buckets should be used with caution, noting that many restaurants enlist them to mask poorer quality stock.
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