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Mar 11, 2008 04:42 AM

What to do with opened bottle of fine red wine?

Last night we got a little overzealous with our festivities and opened too much wine. There's 3/4 of a bottle left over. I't s very rare 90 chianti. It's incredible. Now, I'm sure you're thinking...why not drink it tonight? Because my hubby is going out for a business dinner and I'm nursing. So drinking alcohol tonight is not a possibility.

Usually I make a nice marinade with leftover wine but I don't have any red meat to use it with. I have pork but I never use red to marinate pork?

What else can I do with this wine? I really don't want it to go to waste.

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  1. You could get a a wine sealer pump. It will allow you to keep it for a week or so. Alternatively, pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze it for use in cooking later.

    1. I just stick half opened bottles in the fridge or freezer with the cork. If you have one of those vacuum pumps or inert gas wine savers, even better, but they aren't necessary if you plan to drink the wine within a day or two. I have had plenty of wines be fine the next day, and even up to a week. Occasionally, the wine is even better the next day because it has had a chance to open up! A nice surprise.

      If it is a very special lovely bottle, then try to drink it within one-two days, and maybe use a splash of it in cooking. I must admit, if it is a really special bottle, I am loath to use it in cooking, as I feel you lose a lot of the flavours that make the wine special (they are lost underneath the flavours of the other ingredients). So I drink it the next day. I try a sip first. If it is still delicious, drink away. If not, then sure, use it to marinate your pork or deglaze the pan to augment the sauce. Poach some pears in it, this can be lovely. Make a sangria.

      But I bet if you keep it in the fridge or freezer, it will be fine to drink tomorrow. It won't be as nice as before, but it will still be fine to drink, and who knows, you may be surprised. Certainly you will still be able to cook with it tomorrow, so no loss there. If you stick it in fridge or freezer, just give it time to warm up a bit before drinking.

      1. I would take some and make it into a nice red wine vinegarette for use whenever you need it on salads, etc.

        1. Freeze it in ice cubes for future cooking or make vinegar (which is what I do).


          1. First, I would try to keep it for another use. Sounds like something you really want to drink with, not cook. But, if that isn't an option, how about some red wine poached pears? Use some cinnamon and a little sugar. Peel & core pears. Poach fruit only till barely soft in simmering wine mixture. Yum-yum!