The Ultimate Guide to Storing Champagne After Opening

If you love to indulge in a glass of champagne every now and then, you probably know how important it is to store your bottle properly. After all, there’s nothing worse than opening up a bottle only to find that the fizz has gone flat or the taste isn’t quite as good as it should be.

But what about after you’ve popped the cork? How do you make sure that your leftover bubbly lasts for more than just a day or two? In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the best tips and tricks for storing champagne after it’s been opened.

Keep It Cold

One of the most important things to remember when storing opened champagne is that temperature matters. Just like with unopened bottles, cold temperatures are key for keeping your bubbles fresh and fizzy.

Ideally, you should aim to keep your leftover bubbly in the fridge at around 40°F (4°C). This will slow down any further fermentation processes and help preserve its flavor.

Avoid Freezing

While cold temperatures are great for preserving champagne, one thing you should definitely avoid doing is putting it in the freezer. Not only can this cause damage to the bottle itself (as liquids expand when they freeze), but once thawed out, your wine will have lost much of its carbonation – leaving you with a disappointing drink experience.

Re-cork It Properly

Once you’ve enjoyed some glasses from your open bottle of champagne, make sure that any remaining liquid is resealed properly before storage (assuming there’s anything left!).

To do this correctly:

– Make sure any existing cork stopper hasn’t become warped or damaged
– Clean off any residual bits on top where dirt could harbor bacteria
– Insert an appropriate sized Champagne stopper into place

This helps minimize contact with oxygen which can lead bad flavors nastiness over time.

Store It Upright

Many wine aficionados believe that storing leftover champagne on its side, as you would with unopened bottles, is the best way to keep it fresh. However, this isn’t necessarily the case.

When you store opened champagne on its side is there’s a greater chance of oxygen getting into the bottle through damaged corks which leads to spoilage over time.

Instead, keep your open bottle stored upright in a cool place out of direct sunlight where possible. This helps reduce any further oxidation and keeps things tasting fresher for longer.

Drink Within 1-3 Days

No matter how well you’ve stored your opened champagne, it’s important to remember that it won’t last forever – even if you have re-corked it properly and kept it chilled at all times! Alcohol – like other foods – will eventually go bad over time so we recommend consuming within three days after opening for optimal enjoyment.

If you’re not sure if your bubbly still tastes good or not (either due to poor storage or because too much time has passed) do a quick sniff test before pouring yourself another glass. If anything smells off then better off saving some disappointment and putting in down the drain rather than risk getting sick from spoiled Champagne!

Conclusion

Storing opened champagne can be tricky but ultimately comes down to keeping things chilled while minimizing air contact as much as possible by using appropriate stoppers and sealing techniques. With these simple tips in mind, though…you’ll be able enjoy your favorite sparkling wines again without worry.. cheers!

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