Can sparkling wine be saved?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

Sparkling wine can definitely be saved and enjoyed later if you take the right steps to preserve its fizziness. I’ve had plenty of experiences where I’ve opened a bottle of sparkling wine and couldn’t finish it all in one sitting. But fear not, there are ways to keep it from going flat and enjoy it later.

One of the simplest and most effective ways to save leftover sparkling wine is by keeping it chilled. The colder temperature actually slows down the release of the CO2 bubbles, which helps to maintain its effervescence. So, as soon as you’ve finished pouring your glasses of bubbly, make sure to seal the bottle tightly with a stopper or a sparkling wine closure and pop it in the fridge.

I often find that the fridge is the most convenient option, as it’s easily accessible and keeps the wine at a consistent temperature. Just make sure the bottle is upright to prevent any potential leakage. By storing the bottle in the fridge, you’re essentially putting the wine on pause, preserving its natural sparkle until you’re ready to enjoy it again.

If you’re in a situation where you don’t have access to a fridge, an ice bucket can also come in handy. Fill the bucket with ice and a little bit of water, and then place the opened bottle inside. The cold temperature from the ice will help maintain the fizziness for a longer period of time. It’s important to note that the ice bucket method is more suitable for shorter periods, such as between servings at a gathering or event.

I remember one particular occasion where I had some leftover sparkling wine after a celebration. I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I sealed the bottle tightly and stored it in the fridge. A couple of days later, I decided to enjoy it again, and to my delight, it still had a satisfying amount of effervescence. It was a pleasant surprise that I could enjoy the same level of bubbly goodness even after a few days.

In summary, to save leftover sparkling wine from going flat, the key is to keep it chilled. The colder temperature helps slow down the release of CO2 bubbles, preserving the wine’s effervescence. Whether you choose to use the fridge or an ice bucket, these simple methods can extend the life of your sparkling wine and allow you to savor its bubbles for longer. So, the next time you have some leftover bubbly, don’t hesitate to chill it and enjoy it later!