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We just had to share this amazing hack that we recently came across. TikToker Chantelle Fen has revealed a genius way to keep your wine fresh, and we couldn’t keep it to ourselves any longer. In a resurfaced TikTok clip, Chantelle demonstrates how you can fasten a plastic sports cap from a water bottle to the mouth of a wine bottle. Yes, you read that right – water bottle lids on wine bottles!
According to Chantelle, she discovered this trick on Facebook and it has been a game-changer for her. It’s especially useful for those situations when you lose or accidentally toss the twist-off wine cap, as it helps to keep the bottle fresh. We all know that if a wine bottle is exposed to air for too long, the wine can turn sour. By using a plastic sports cap as a closure, you can prevent that from happening.
Sommelier Casleah Herwaldt, founder of the wine club By the Stem, confirms the importance of keeping wine away from oxygen. Oxygen is the enemy of wine, as it can alter its taste and quality over time. For those occasional wine drinkers, there are ways to extend the shelf life of an opened bottle. Generally, red wine can last up to four to five days, while whites and rosés will stay fresh for about two to three days.
While the original cork can be used, Herwaldt advises against flipping it due to debris that may have accumulated on the exterior-facing end. This debris can affect the taste of the wine. Storing the bottle upright in the fridge can also help preserve its freshness. Alternatively, you can transfer the remaining wine into an airtight container, such as a mason jar. In fact, many sommeliers recommend the mason jar method as it reduces the oxygen-to-wine ratio, keeping the wine in optimal condition.
A sommelier named Warner Boin, who is also an advocate for the mason jar method, explained in a TikTok clip with over 2.5 million views why putting the cork back in a half-empty bottle is not recommended. The oxygen can still seep through the cork, and this can negatively impact the quality of the wine. By pouring the remaining wine into an airtight container like a mason jar, you can ensure that it stays as fresh as possible.
So, the next time you find yourself without a wine cap, remember this brilliant hack from Chantelle. Water bottle lids can serve as a great alternative closure for your wine bottles. Cheers to keeping your vino fresh!