Re-corked wine. Is it on your countertop & should it be?

The majority of wine made today is meant to be consumed within one year. Yes, there are wines built for aging (probably reaching their peak somewhere within 5 years), but what if you are a countertop re-corker? Many of us simply plug the cork back on the bottle, leave it on the counter, and pour ourselves another glass the next night.

Many expert sources state that a bottle of wine is a 48 hour thing. Maybe you’re just in the mood for a glass of wine and want to re-visit the bottle another night…can you without the wine drastically changing?

Yes, you can cork it and put it in the refrigerator. This works for red wine as well. Leaving an opened/re-corked bottle on your countertop will damage the flavor of the wine pretty quickly. Beware, what you tasted the night before will not be what you’re tasting the second time through. Your best bet is to seal it, and refrigerate it.

Here’s a nice little video featuring Elizabeth Schneider of WineForNormalPeople.blogspot.com (who is one of the Hello Vino Wine writers in our Reviews section). Not only does Elizabeth talk about the various closures you come across, but she dives into sealing wine once opened so you can enjoy it later.

This video was produced by French Oak TV.

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Temp Tips (Courtesy of TheBarrelRoom.com)

Room Temperature
65°F (18°C) is considered “room temperature” and is appropriate for medium - to full-bodied red wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cellar Temperature
57°F (14°C) is considered “slightly chilled” or “cellar temperature” and is appropriate for full-bodied white wines, such as Chardonnay, and light-bodied red wines, such as Pinot Noir. If you chill one of these wines in the refrigerator, let the bottle stand at room temperature for about 45 minutes before serving.

52°F (11°C) is considered “chilled”. This temperature is appropriate for light- to medium-bodied white wines, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. Most refrigerators are set at 40°F (4°C), so let refrigerated wines stand at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving.


The Hello Vino Team