Leftover wine? I am sure that many of you, like myself, have a difficult time grasping that concept. I have heard rumors, however, that such a thing actually exists. Should such an unfortunate situation ever occur, below are some suggestions on how to make sure that it does not go to waste.
Oxygen begins working on your wine as soon as you pull the cork. It does not actually make it go “bad,” but it will eventually make it not good. You will not get sick from drinking it, but after too long it will not taste very good. It begins to taste dull and flat after too long. Stronger reds and bottles that have quite a bit left in them will tend to last longer once opened, but eventually all opened wine will become a lot less fun to drink, so here are my suggestions.
- Drink it! Most wine will still be drinkable for a day or two after opening, or so they tell me.
- Cook with it.
- Pour it into ice cube trays and save it it cook with at a later date.
- White wine is sometimes useful for getting red wine stains out. It seems to be best for fresh spills. Put that leftover Pinot Gris in a squirt bottle to prepare for the inevitable.
- Red wine makes a great base for BBQ sauce. Reduce it and then start your favorite recipe from there.
- Put it in a small saucepan with a few cloves, allspice berries, and a cinnamon stick and let it sit on the stove over low heat. Mulled wine may taste like shit, but it sure can make your house smell fantastic.
- Make Sangria.
- Marinate something.
- Make sorbet.
- Reduce it and save it in the fridge for a future sauce.
- Make salad dressing.
- Poach fruit.
There you have it, the things that I imagine I would do if the unthinkable happened and we had some leftover wine in the house. If any you other winos have tips, feel free to add them. I’d love to hear how others deal with this tragedy.
Two final tips from me, if the wine is leftover because it tasted like cow manure, just pour it down the drain. Cooking will not improve its manure-iness. Also, old wine does not turn into vinegar, that is a myth, so if it gets too old, again, just dump it.