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Best Way to Store Vermouth - Vacuum Seal, Nitrogen Spray or Decanting

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signofthefourwinds Apr 25, 2012 03:26 PM

I've got my first bottle of Carpano Antica Formula, and before I open that big sucker I want to figure out the best way to make it last. (Of course I will store it in the fridge.)

There are three options that I am aware - Vacuum Seal, Nitrogen spray or Decanting.

Is there any study that shows which is best? (Where are the scientists when you need them?)

Over in the forum below, there was no consensus regarding the best way.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/685888

I've tried the vacuum seal approach, and frankly it has been a bust. (But, I don't have a top of the line seal.) If you use a vacuum seal and have had success, what brand did you use?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. EvergreenDan RE: signofthefourwinds Apr 25, 2012 04:20 PM

    Vacu-Vin works well. I get a perfectly good seal. The newer-style pump clicks when you've achieved an adequate seal. Sweet vermouths last a long time. Don't hesitate, uncork that 1L bottle and start enjoying it now. I suggest a Negroni or just one the rocks with some lemon.

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    1. davis_sq_pro RE: signofthefourwinds Apr 26, 2012 12:58 PM

      Just keep it in the fridge. It will last for at least a few months that way. There is really no need to go to extra lengths with it, in my opinion.

      1. lambretta76 RE: signofthefourwinds Apr 28, 2012 01:44 PM

        I go through a bottle of Carpano Antica a month, even in the big liter size. It's quite a nice sipping vermouth. Not trying to invalidate your question, but where I can't stand other vermouth by themselves (or even other drinks like Lillet) I find myself drinking one or two glasses of Caprano Antica in a sitting.

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          EvergreenDan RE: lambretta76 Apr 28, 2012 04:24 PM

          Agreed, especially with a big squeeze of lemon or some dry vermouth. Have you tried Bonal Gentiane Quina? Punt e Mes? All excellent aperitifs.

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            signofthefourwinds RE: EvergreenDan May 1, 2012 04:29 PM

            Yes, I agree that Punt e Mes is fantastic, particularly in a Negroni. I haven't tried Bonal yet. Thanks for the suggestion!

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            AlkieGourmand RE: lambretta76 May 1, 2012 10:26 PM

            Lillet sucks.

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