How to Store Red Wine After Opening a Bottle

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Software executive Antoine Chaya serves as senior director of strategic accounts with Oracle Corporation in Redwood Shores, California. Outside of his work in the software sector, Antoine Chaya enjoys learning about fine wines.

After opening a bottle of red wine, there are several ways to preserve it if you fail to finish off the bottle. When red wine comes into contact with the air, it reacts with oxygen to form vinegar. As such, red wine preservation often focuses on minimizing contact with atmospheric oxygen.

To reduce oxygen exposure, you can re-cork the wine after opening it and keep it in a cool, dark place. Because low temperatures slow down the reaction with oxygen, the refrigerator is an ideal place to keep opened red wine bottles. There are also countless wine preservation products on the market, some of which function better than others. Wine preservers typically reduce oxygen exposure by pumping an inert gas into the bottle or creating a vacuum within the bottle.