Do Those Vacuum Sealers for Wine Bottles Really Work?
I was very curious to see if the vacuum seal enclosures designed to preserve wine after the bottle has been opened made a significant difference.
Listen to the results on the Bartender Journey Podcast:
(The experiment results begin at about 8 minutes into the show).
Wine Stopper Experiment Notes:
8/25/15 6:30 pm
Opened 2 bottles of Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from Chile.
First surprise – these two bottles tasted a bit different from each other right away upon opening! Bottle #1 one tasted a little “softer, smoother, better!” I put the vacuum sealer in that one, and the just shoved the cork back into bottle #2.
8/26/15 5:45 pm
Bottle #1 - the “softer” one, which was sealed with the vacuum enclosure, still has nice qualities, but is showing minor signs of “flabbiness’” or “mellowing”.
Bottle #2 has more acidity and seems less flabby to me – more structure, probably because it seemed to have more tannins to begin with. I wish the two bottles had tasted identical when originally opening them!
I prefer Bottle #2 today!
8/28/15 6:45 pm
Bottle #1 (the “softer” one, sealed with the vacuum enclosure) still tastes “softer”. It is round and a bit tannic, but not overly so. Enjoyable glass of wine. Could it be better now then when first opened?
The two bottles taste VERY different from each other now!
Bottle #2 (the bottle that had only the cork stuck back into it after opening) is difficult to drink. It is showing the qualities that you would expect from a bottle that has not been taken care of properly. The there is nothing appealing about this wine now -- 3 days after opening.
Pouring myself a bit more of bottle #1 now…
By the way, I kept these bottles in my basement, where it stays a fairly consistent 70-72 degrees (Fahrenheit) and is quite dark.
Bottle #1 (with vacuum seal) is finally starting to show its age. Now open for one week, it has lost its appeal and is defiantly “flabby”. The color is a bit brown. The word “astringent” comes to mind.
Bottle #2 is undrinkable now. Chemical taste. Harsh. A bit of vinegar flavor.