Question about stoppers/Vino Vac
Hi, I'm a very infrequent wine drinker, but I'm starting to get into it more. Here's my problem -- the bottles I like rarely fit upright in my refrigerator after I've opened them! And I sometimes have problems getting the cork back in. I know I shouldn't store open whites on the counter (and don't liek them warm, or served with ice), so I was wondering about bottle stoppers. Would they be tight enough for me to store the bottle on its side without leaking?
Specifically I was looking at this one: http://www.wineenthusiast.com/E/detai... because it was so low-profile and airtight. I'm not into spending more than $15-$20 because, as I said, I wouldn't use it that much.
I've used a Vacuvin with a rubber stopper for years and have always stored the bottles on their sides. Never had a problem. I will say, don't expect the device to add much more than 2 or 3 days to the life of the leftover wine. It will last up to 4 or 5 days with min. loss of quality. IMHO
I don't have that model but another similar vacuum sealer. It holds tight enough to store bottles on their side. I'm always afraid though that I'll accidentally hit the stopper, release the pressure, and spill the wine. So I usually store upright anyway. But I have left bottles on their side a few times and it worked fine.
Another thing you can do is get a smaller bottle that you can pour the wine into before putting in the fridge.