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post #1 of 15
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Hi all,

I have a bottle of red wine, I can't remember which type, though, and I was wondering how long will it last once it has been opened. I used it to make some sauces a couple of months ago and it has been corked ever since then. Can I still use this wine for more sauces or do I need to discard the bottle and its contents?

Thanks,
W2L :)
post #2 of 15
taste it....

If it has not gone to vinegar you can use it for sauces.
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post #3 of 15
Wine usually oxidizes within a few days. You can purchase a pump for around ten dollars that sucks the air from the bottle and re-corks it with a reusable cap. This will extend the life of the wine but not for more than a week or so,
post #4 of 15
I'd say that even if it doesn't taste like vinegar, you should be sure it's going to be heavily reduced in the sauce. Otherwise you risk all kinds of unpleasant flavors. If you're going to reduce it to a near-syrup, a little offness won't hurt much, and might even help... but if it's gone right over to vinegar, it's probably worthless.
post #5 of 15
Taste it and you will know
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post #6 of 15
Yeah if you don't fall over dead it's OK. ;)

Sometimes it will smell "corked" or musty. It's not vinegar, but it's no good either. If it's a little over brown it's no good as well.
post #7 of 15
If you wouldn't drink it then I wouldn't cook with it. I usually don't have the problem with wine going bad but that in itself may be a problem. Huh...
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post #8 of 15
Reduce it au sec with a very small amount of sugar and use it as a verjus.
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post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

Thanks for your advice. I'll check the odor and flavor and if it's not totally shot I'll try to use it for something else. If not, it was only a few bucks anyway so no big loss. Thanks again for your time, folks. I really appreciate it.

W2L :)
post #10 of 15
Partly-used bottles of wine is a problem we just don't have.

Mike :beer:
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post #11 of 15
Very nice! :D
post #12 of 15
This is why I keep some of the box-wine special at the back of the fridge. Lousy wine, but it'll stay there happily for 6 months.
post #13 of 15
Has anyone tried freezing unused wine into ice cubes for later use?
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post #14 of 15
Yes, I've been doing that for nigh on 30 years!
post #15 of 15
Great for Ice-pops on a stick.:D
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