Dr. Vinny's Tips for Holiday Entertaining with Wine

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It’s that time of year when most of us will be entertaining (or being entertained), typically opening more bottles of wine than usual. I get lots of questions about how to serve wine, how long an open bottle of wine can last and what to do with leftover wine, so I pulled them all together in this collection of some of my most popular questions about wine and parties.

What are the right serving temperatures for red and white wines?

Can you refrigerate red wine?

Once a wine is chilled, is it OK if it warms back up?

Is Champagne ruined if it warms up again after being chilled?

What should I do if my guests bring wine that doesn't pair well with the food?

If I bring wine to a party and no one drinks it, should I take it home?

How can I get my guests to stop putting ice in their wine?

How long can I keep a wine in my refrigerator?

Do wine-preserving devices like Coravin really work?

How long will a red wine last if I use a vacuum pump to remove the air?

Can you “recork” an open bottle of wine?

What happens to a half-full bottle of wine overnight?

After you open a bottle of wine, does the alcohol start evaporating?

Is it unhealthy to drink a wine that was opened the night before?

Why do bag-in-box wines have expiration dates?

Does cheaper wine give you a worse hangover?

How do you make homemade vinegar out of leftover wine?

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