With so many beautiful wine stoppers to choose from, including stoppers made of blown glass, pewter and those decorated to suit every style and occasion, it is oftentimes easy to forget that a wine stopper does not just look gorgeous, but it is also very useful. A wine stopper is a great item to keep in your kitchen, even if you only enjoy a glass of wine every now and then.
Have you ever opened an expensive bottle of wine, only to realize that your dinner guests were not planning on drinking? Perhaps you have opened a bottle to pair with your chicken dinner tonight, and want to save the other half to complement your fish dinner tomorrow night. With a wine stopper handy, sealing your wine so that you can enjoy it another day takes only seconds, keeping it from going to waste.
The longer that a bottle of wine is left opened, it is exposed to more of wine's biggest enemy: oxygen. Oxygen-exposure brings about oxidization, which causes wine to lose its flavor, often giving it a sour, vinegar-like taste. This process happens within a matter of a few hours after opening and, if left uncorked, your wine starts to taste funny within a day.
A wine stopper preserves your bottle of wine for as long as three days. A vacuum-sealed wine stopper allow a lot less oxygen into the bottle than if you simply re-cork the bottle with its original cork. Be sure to put the sealed bottle in the refrigerator, keeping it tipped at about 60 degrees. Enjoy the leftover wine by the end of the third day.
Now you have a great excuse to stock up on wine stoppers. They are both beautiful and functional, and prevent you from pouring your wine selection down the kitchen sink. Whether you enjoy wine on a daily basis, or on a rare occasion, owning a wine stopper protects your wine, keeping it fresh and ready to serve for days.