After a long hard day at work, you open a bottle of your favorite wine and you're so tired you can't even finish your glass! It happens. Since it's your favorite you can't possibly let it go to waste so you stick the cork back in the bottle.
Well, we should all know at this point that oxygen and wine don't mix. If you've ever came back to a bottle after 2 days or more you might as well just dump it down the drain. The oxidation causes the wine to spoil and almost have a vinegary taste... I'll pass. But there are ways around this issue!
1. Boxed Wine!- This is why I love box wine. Not only is it economically great, about 3 bottles for the price of 2. The bladder the wine comes in keeps it from being exposed to air and it lasts up to two weeks! I am all for box wine. My favorite is the Black Box Red Blend. I have yet to find a red blend that I don't like so I know I can't go wrong. Don't forget to slap the bag! Runs about $20-25
2. Vacu Vin!- This product has been around since I can remember! It's essentially a pump that vacuums all the air out from the bottle. It's cheap and reusable. Runs about $9-13
3. Air Cork Wine Preserver!- This is more of a gag gift. (Hint, hint) Give the adorable grape-shaped pump a few squeezes and the balloon will expand to the exact size of the bottle. In this airtight atmosphere leftover wine will stay at its optimal flavor for up to three days, untouched. Need more time before you pour another glass of wine? Squishing the grape cluster a few more times will give the balloon an additional boost. Runs about $28
4. Coravin! - For those who have unlimited amount of funds this one is for you! No need for a corkscrew. This product allows you to puncture through the cork with a needle to siphon out the wine. Genius! The bottle is then pressurized with argon (a harmless gas sans odor and taste), which pushes wine back out through the needle and into your glass without letting any oxygen into the bottle. Once the needle is removed, argon is left in its place (hence no oxidation), the cork reseals itself and the remaining wine continues to naturally age as if it was never touched. Runs about $300