Learn a trick or two for your wine endeavours.
Aerate cheap red wine by blitzing it in a blender at medium-high speed for 30 seconds. This “hyper-decantation” process pumps a lot of oxygen through the wine, making it taste more balanaced. Or, run a heavy, full-bodied red wine through the blender to achieve the same effect as an hour of decanting.
P.S. Don’t worry if the wine is frothy when poured out of the blender, as it settles fairly quickly.
NEXT: Always store your wine bottles sideways →
Who invented corkscrews to seal wine bottles, anyway? It might be a pain in the behind, but when you store your wine bottles properly, there’s actually a fabulous use for the cork.
Storing your wine bottle sideways keeps the cork moist. When the cork dries out, it shrinks, allowing oxygen to enter the bottle and spoil your wine.
NEXT: How to tell the amount of calories in your wine →
Your wine bottles don’t come with nutritional information – so how do you know you’re keeping to your diet?
The key is not how sweet your wine is (well, not most significantly), but rather, the Alcohol by Volume (ABV) percentage. Use this basic formula to calculate the calories in your glass: % of alcohol X ounces X 1.6 = calorie content.
Tip: Wines from Europe and cooler regions of the world tend to have lower calories. Find out more here.
NEXT: Keep your wine chilled →
Need to speed-chill your wine? Simply wrap a wet towel around it and pop it in the freezer – even a short five minutes makes a whole lot of difference.
Packing a picnic, and want to keep your wine cooler for longer? Don’t just leave your wine bottle in ice – cool it in a mixture of ice and water, plus lots of salt. Liquid transfers heat more quickly than pockets of air between ice cubes alone; the salt helps to lower the freezing point of the ice, which means the mixture will chill your wine in a jiffy.
NEXT: Use frozen fruits →
Enjoy really cold wine by plonking a couple of frozen fruit into your wine to keep it cold – without diluting it like ice would.
This can even take your wine up a notch. Try mango with moscato, blueberries with sauvignon blanc, for instance, or add grapes to any wine to amp up the sweetness.
NEXT: Open your wine bottle without a corkscrew →
We’d wager a bet that everyone’s been in a whiny (or wine-y) situation without a corkscrew.
The golden hack: If you can’t pull it out, push it in.
Or, there are tons of unconventional ways to use household items to uncork your wine bottle. A screw and a plier, your keys, or be a gangster and use a blowtorch. Anything for wine.
NEXT: Use every last drop →
Wine goes bad rather quickly, but even when it’s old, wine still adds excellent flavour to cooking.
Or, if you know you’re not going to finish a bottle (we won’t judge), freeze your leftover wine in an ice cube tray to preserve them to add to your recipes.
NEXT: Seriously, EVERY last drop →
If you’re really not going to drink that last bit of wine, there are tons of uses for it besides drinking it, too.
Wash your vegetables with a wine and water mixture to remove impurities and bacteria. Spilt red wine on your carpet? Dab its white brethen on the spill to absorb the colour stain. We even hear DIY wine soap makes for a luxurious lather!
NEXT: Make cheap wine taste better →
By Pinky Chng, December 2017
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