How long does wine actually last after it’s been opened?

Liz Connor
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Many of us enjoy a glass of wine after a long day at work.

But supping a small tipple in the evening often means you’re left with half-full bottles loitering in your fridge for days and sometimes weeks.

We’ve all been there: you stand in the kitchen with a bottle that you uncorked two weekends ago, sniffing over the neck and deliberating whether to pour it into a glass or down the sink.

Often you’ll err on the side of caution, but according to wine experts, many of us are regularly throwing away perfectly good wine out of fear it might have gone bad.

Yes, that’s right. Needlessly throwing away good wine.

So how do you know when it’s okay to tuck into a leftover glass?

The wine experts at Laithwaite’s have handily put together a guide on how long different wines can be kept.

Once opened, they say white and rosé wines can be kept for up to a week in the fridge.

Red wines have a shorter staying power, and should be consumed in three to five days.

Meanwhile, fortified wines, like sherries, ports and madeiras will last up to 28 days, and should be recorked and kept in a cool, dark place.

Prosecco and cava should be drunk within three days, while Champagne and English sparkling wines will last a bit longer. These can be kept for three to five days in the fridge.

Research by the online wine retailer found that the average UK household throws away two glasses of wine per week.

Nationally, we pour away a whopping 624 million bottles over a year - enough to fill 333 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

If you don’t want to add to this great wine tragedy, the best way to keep tabs on your next bottle of booze is to add a dated label to its neck once you’ve opened it.

That way, you’ll never waste precious wine ever again.

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