This is what to do with your leftover wine so it doesn't go to waste

Friday, 24th April 2020, 2:19 pm
Updated Friday, 24th April 2020, 2:20 pm

One of the great tragedies of wine is that once opened, it doesn’t keep for long - so what can you do with any leftover wine?

Unless you have access to a Coravin wine system, which lets you pour a glass while keeping the wine preserved, you’re left with two options - finishing the bottle for the sake of it, or keeping it, which can lead to it going off and being poured down the sink.

Wine is surprisingly versatile and can be put to uses beyond consumption from a glass or adding flavour in cooking.

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Here, the experts at Cult Wines share their top five tips for using leftover wine.

Ice cubes

Pour leftovers into an ice cube tray and, once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag or container – they’ll be ready to go whenever needed.

Add them to white wine for quick cooling without the dilution of regular ice, or save them for recipes that call for small volumes of wine. This way, you won’t need to open a whole bottle just to cook - unless you want to, of course.

Vinegar

Yes, leftover wine will turn into vinegar if left to its own devices, but the finished result will be far from palatable.

However, it is possible to make a very enjoyable vinegar from leftover wine – a great addition to the condiment cupboard of budding chefs.

Take a look at this recipe, which will take an afternoon to prepare and will yield delicious results in about three months.

Wine syrup

Have more of a sweet tooth? Use your leftover wine to make a tasty syrup that can be used on ice cream, fresh fruit, pancakes and whatever else your cravings command.

You can even make it with individual flavourings, such as vanilla bean or fresh ginger. Kitchn has an easy three step recipe that takes less than half an hour.

Grease remover

If you’ve got a bottle of leftover white that’s rast the point of consumption in any shape or form, it can still be put to good use as a grease stain remover.

Stir up a mixture of white wine and baking soda and apply to grubby patches on your garage floor, outdoor pathways or patio. Let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe away.

Compost booster

It turns out that plants like a glass of the good stuff as much as we do.

Pouring red wine into your compost bin activates the good bacteria already present in the mixture, helping your plants and garden to grow. Just be sure to keep your compost bin’s moisture under control once you add the wine.

You may need to add a few more dry ingredients, such as cardboard, to compensate for the added moisture.