How long does wine last after the bottle is open?

If you’ve asked this age-old question, you aren’t alone. Wine enthusiasts have long debated how long a bottle of wine lasts after opening. If you want to enjoy your wine with its intended flavor profile intact, we advise following these recommendations. 

Lower-acid white wine can generally last 2-3 days, while high acidity will keep your wine fresh and vibrant for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. 

Low-tannin reds (like pinot noir and merlot) will last 2-3 days. Higher-tannin reds should be very drinkable for up to 5 days after opening. 

The primary concern once a bottle has been opened is exposure to oxygen, heat, and light. If the bottle is greater than half full, evacuated, and refrigerated, the wine should stay in a suitable condition for up to a week – as long as the bottle isn’t repeatedly opened and closed during this time.

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