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Old 06-08-2013, 09:21 PM
Location: Volcano
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Originally Posted by certsevtxert View Post
Studies show that it may preserve for extra day or two, but really it does not remove enough atmosphere to provide a true vacuum which would be necessary to make a significant difference.
For some of us, a day or two IS a significant difference.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:47 AM
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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A true vacuum has one disadvantage: since it effectively reduces the boiling point of the liquid, it would in turn separate the alcohol from the water as well as all those other compounds and combinations of the same that make each wine unique. In other words, a true vacuum would likely turn a $150 bottle of St. Pierre grand cru from Bordeaux into an undrinkable swill.

My sister's winery uses nitrogen and CO2 to displace oxygen in half-empty bottles in their tasting room. Gets an extra day or two out of a bottle.

For the original poster, my wife found a VERY cheap pinot noir. $4.95 for a 750 ml bottle. My first thought was, this will suck. No way will it compare to a fine Burgundy or a Russian River or Carneros pinot. Low expectations but surprising results. The nose is VERY pinot noir, lighter in color than the OP's malbec. It is light, fruity, with loads of red cherries and cola on the palate. Hardly any finish, but about $1 a glass for a decent pinot noir. Crane Lake, 2011, Napa and Sonoma counties, so they get the grapes where they get them. From the same people who brought us Two Buck Chuck and Franzia box wines.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:50 PM
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The only devices that seem to preserve open bottles for an extended time are the fancy dispensers like Vinotemp that fill the empty space with argon or nitrogen gas to prevent oxidation. They're not cheap at all, like $500 and up. Your best bet is to either buy wine in the bags-boxed cartons, or throw the opened bottle in the fridge. It should keep for several days if chilled.
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:15 PM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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talking about red wines, we just joined a wine club (you know one of those clubs that sends you a dozen bottles every 3 months) anyway, we got three extra bottle of Chianti included. The bottle says "Collezione di Paolo and the company is in Italy. it was one of the best wines I have had recently.

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Old 06-10-2013, 01:26 PM
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Am I understanding this? You stated that when you put the cork back on, that the wine only last three days?

Because I drink wine that has been sitting for years after it was opened and it is just fine.
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