Why does wine go bad (or "what is oxidation) ...


According to our wine school friends, one of the most frequent questions consumers ask is “How do you keep wine fresh?” 

In order to understand how to keep wine fresh, one needs to know why it goes bad in the first place. The criminal in charge of soiling your beloved bottle of wine is none other than oxygen. Over time, oxygen will cause wine to change through a process known as oxidation.

Oxidation in your wine is the same oxidation that causes metal to rust or an apple to turn brown when exposed to air.  Oxidation is defined as the interaction between oxygen molecules and all the different substances they may contact, from metal to living tissue.

When wine oxidizes, it impacts flavor, aroma and taste, much like an oxidized apple. Would you eat that apple one hour after cutting it? Definitely! Would you eat it 24 or 48 hours later when it has turned a distasteful brown? Probably not. Well, why then would you do that with your wine?

Luckily, there is a collection of products on the market to prevent this pesky oxidation. These products can minimize or, better yet, prevent oxidation completely. We will talk about the different kinds of wine preservation systems, including the different applications, uses and benefits to YOU.

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