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15 Clever Ways to Use Leftover Red Wine

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Erica Sweeney of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 16: A great bottle of red wine doesn’t last long in my house, and easily gets tossed. Wine experts say this is a mistake, as there are many clever ways to use leftover red wine.Red wine is touted for its health benefits, from reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack to increasing bone density and more. But, how long is it actually safe to drink after opening? Thirty-six hours max, said David DeLuca, owner of LA Wine in Los Angeles.Red wine typically starts to oxidize about 24 hours after opening, and after that, he said, “It’s not really a matter of safety if you drink week-old wine; it just tastes gross.””The initial shock of oxygen that a wine receives when a bottle is opened helps it to open up and fully express its aromas and flavors, but prolonged exposure to oxygen can spoil the wine and turn it into vinegar,” said Darren Scott, chief sommelier and general manager of Estate Wine Brokers. Scott suggests using the wine for something other than drinking if you see signs of cloudiness and a sour, stale odor.We asked Scott, DeLuca, and other wine experts to share their 15 favorite ways to use leftover red wine, especially if you’re using one of The Best Red Wine Brands & Where to Buy Them.

15 Clever Ways to Use Leftover Red Wine

A great bottle of red wine doesn’t last long in my house, and easily gets tossed. Wine experts say this is a mistake, as there are many clever ways to use leftover red wine.

Red wine is touted for its health benefits, from reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack to increasing bone density and more. But, how long is it actually safe to drink after opening? Thirty-six hours max, said David DeLuca, owner of LA Wine in Los Angeles.

Red wine typically starts to oxidize about 24 hours after opening, and after that, he said, “It’s not really a matter of safety if you drink week-old wine; it just tastes gross.”

”The initial shock of oxygen that a wine receives when a bottle is opened helps it to open up and fully express its aromas and flavors, but prolonged exposure to oxygen can spoil the wine and turn it into vinegar,” said Darren Scott, chief sommelier and general manager of Estate Wine Brokers. Scott suggests using the wine for something other than drinking if you see signs of cloudiness and a sour, stale odor.

We asked Scott, DeLuca, and other wine experts to share their 15 favorite ways to use leftover red wine, especially if you’re using one of The Best Red Wine Brands & Where to Buy Them.

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