For those of us who have a penchant for a glass of wine now and then we do encounter a few mishaps and ‘problems’ now again. Below you will find a few helpful tips and tricks on how to deal with stains, rapid chilling and other wine tips that can be helpful whether you are sipping at home or out enjoying a glass or two.
- Chill you wine quickly by putting a damp cloth around your bottle and leave it into the freezer for 10 minutes
- To clean spilt red wine use salt and white wine to make the stain disappear.
- When packing wine in your suitcase put them into your socks to give them extra protection.
- To avoid lipstick on your glass run some wine with your finger around the rim of the glass
- Next time you buy white grapes freeze them and you can then add them to your wine to chill it.
- Once opened store all your wine in the fridge as it slows the oxidative process of wine meaning it will last longer.
- Pour left over wine into an ice tray as a handy way to flavour your next meal.
- Put salt, ice & water into your ice bucket to chill your bubbles quickly.
- Put a grain of rice in your glass of sparkling wine to make your bubbles last longer.
- Always store wine with a cork on its side to prevent oxidation. Though a good cork will only last 25 years before needing to be replaced
- If you smell cardboard, wet dog, burnt rubber, farmyard or cooked cabbage your wine is most likely corked.
- For dried in red wine stains cover in shaving cream, let it soak in then wash as normal in your machine.
- Where possible go for the most expensive wine as they tend to have considerably less cogeners , the chemicals responsible for your hangover.
- Use a coffee filter, a piece of muslin or a fresh tea towel to filter broken pieces of cork from bottle to glass.
- No corkscrew, no problem insert a screw into the bottle and use a hammer to extract it.
- To help avoid hangovers, take a capsule with activated charcoal during or after you have finished drinking, as it will absorb the toxins and flush them out.
Suzi is passionate about wine, beer and whiskey too, not forgetting a love of food and travel. She has been a part of this industry for a little over 10 years. She has worked on level 4 in WSET during this time and regularly hosts tastings and staff training in these sectors. She has recently started a blog on all wine, beer and spirit related beverages. You can follow her blog at suzisgrapecrush or follow Suzi on Twitter.