Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Raise a Glass

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Raise a Glass

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Byline: with Jane Clare

HOW long can you keep a bottle of wine once it's opened? Sadly, nothing lasts forever, not even my crush on Harrison Ford.

In my ramblings last week I suggested you should finish a bottle of amontillado sherry within seven days of opening; a couple of days later a friend asked me how long she could keep an opened bottle of wine.

This isn't a dilemma I usually have. I raised an eyebrow (and a glass).

Once wine is opened it immediately starts to interact with the air and its flavours and aromas change. If you have wine that smells of vinegar, it's not worth drinking. In fact the word vinegar stems from the French, vinaigre which means "sour wine".

As a rule of thumb, pop gentle whites and rose wines into the fridge, with the cork or screwcap back in place. They can keep up to five days. Fuller bodied whites last a little less, maybe up to three days.

Red wines, kept away from bright light and heat (that's important) can be fine up to five days.

I tried a glass of chateauneuf-dupape last night, opened for seven days. I ran Mas Amiel |Plaisir Blanc a "sniff/taste" first before I was confident to pour a full glass.

To be honest, if you're not a big drinker but you enjoy a small glass of something in the evening then I suggest you buy a half bottle of wine, or those 25cl-ish bottles.

A small bottle of prosecco can be a perfect pick-me-up on a school night.

IN MY GLASS... First up, a bottle of red. Root 1 Carmenere (RRP PS7.99, Morrisons) from Chilean producer Vina Ventisquero.

Chile, by default of its geography, was unaffected by phylloxera, a louse (ugh) which decimated much of Europe's vines in the 19th century. Carmenere, an original Bordeaux variety, was thought to have been lost at that point; but was rediscovered in Chile in the 1990s, probably taken over from Europe years before with some merlot cuttings. …

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