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Old Jan 16th, 2005, 08:43 AM
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Wine aficionados: when you bring wine home from a trip....

and open it, and use it for cooking (like a Marsala) how long will it keep in the refrigerator?

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Old Jan 16th, 2005, 09:01 AM
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It will keep if you purchase a wine vacuum stopper set. You can get them for around $10. Here's a website that shows them. I have this one and it works well: #0981 Vacu-Vin Jubilee Wine Saver Blister Pack.

http://www.wineaccessory.com/vacu-vin.htm

If you don't use one to suck out the air, the wine will oxidize and spoil. Otherwise, it should last for a while.
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Old Jan 16th, 2005, 09:09 AM
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Hi AP,

Fortified wines, such as sherry, port and marsala, have a very long life.

I've kept open bottles of marsala outside the refrigerator for months.

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Old Jan 16th, 2005, 11:19 AM
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I never refrigerate Marsala. I don't know if one is supposed to but I never have and it does last for months, depending on how fast you use it ~
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Old Jan 16th, 2005, 12:57 PM
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Similarly, I collect (and replenish the collection as I partake) dessert wines like vin santo, moscato or chouchenn (essentially a mead, from Brittany) - - and i have never known one to go bad (over say 1-3 years), kept at room temperature, re-corked.

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Old Jan 16th, 2005, 02:17 PM
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I have a bottle of Marsala open for at least a year or two. It is fine. Used only for cooking......
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Old Jan 16th, 2005, 02:28 PM
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I agree with the others, it will last a long time, but I have another question. I'm of the firm believe that although it is better to use a pretty good wine for cooking than a really cheap one, why would one go to all that trouble of bringing home a cooking wine? Surely you could get one that would suffice just as well at home, and use the trouble for a really unique "drinking" wine you'd never find at home, or an equivalent.
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Old Jan 16th, 2005, 02:29 PM
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Or did your travel-relating efforts go right over my head, and the trip you meant was home from the local supermarket?
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Old Jan 16th, 2005, 02:58 PM
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The only reason that I can think of as to why the OP would go through all the trouble of bringing home Marsala cooking wine would be that the OP resides in a place where there aren't any.

To some of us, top notch cooking wines are readily available.
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Old Jan 16th, 2005, 03:14 PM
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While I used to buy Marsala at the neighborhood wine shop, it can be bought at Publix and Winn Dixie in Florida.
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Old Jan 16th, 2005, 03:28 PM
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I actually did bring home a bottle of Marsala from Sicily 2 1/2 years ago, because I wasn't sure that they sold that particular brand in the US. Marsala is readily availble in my area, and yes the trip I am referring to now is to my local wine shop
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