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How Long Does Wine Last Once Opened? Infographic Reveals All

19/05/2015 14:04 BST | Updated 19/05/2015 14:59 BST

Nothing puts a smile on our faces quite like wine o'clock on a Friday evening.

Although that smile quickly fades when Monday night arrives and we realise that the wine we didn't finish on Friday might have gone past its best.

When this happens, there are usually two options:

1) Tip it down the sink and sob uncontrollably.

2) Try a sip to test if it really is out of date. (But be prepared for vinegary consequences).

Now, thanks to Madeline Puckette at Wine Folly, you can be safe in the knowledge of whether your wine is out of date or not.

Ladies and gents, behold, the wine-lover's bible.

how long does wine last

The infographic reveals that sparkling wine lasts for 1-3 days if kept in the fridge with a wine stopper.

Puckette writes: "Sparkling wines lose their carbonation quickly after opening." She adds that a more "traditional" sparkling wine, such as Cava or Champagne, will last a little longer than, say, Prosecco.

Meanwhile, light white, sweet white and rosé wine can last between 5-7 days if refrigerated with a cork or screw top.

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"Most light white and rosé wines will be drinkable for up to a week when stored in your refrigerator," says Puckette. "You’ll notice the taste will change subtly after the first day as the wine oxidises."

She notes, however, that some wines will taste even better after the first day including "minerally cool-climate wines" such as Northern Italian Pinot Grigio, French Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.

Full-bodied white wine (if kept in the fridge) and red wine will last between 3-5 days.

And if you really want to savour the flavour and get your money's worth then opt for "fortified wines" such as Port, Sherry, Marsala, and Madeira, which can be kept for 28 days.

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[H/T Daily Mail]