Still not sure about the question “do I need to preserve?” We suggest you reconsider your thinking. Think of preservation as a positive thing, and that it is your own secret weapon. The issue is that most people do not realize or think of preservation as a consideration.
If they did, people would drink differently and actually all for the good. Probably drink a variety more often and drink better wines. I drink a better bottle of red wine regularly (my wife drinks whites), and have the freedom to enjoy it over time.
For example, a host/hostess would and could open and serve a greater variety of wines, knowing they would all be in great future condition even if not drunk immediately.
How does one do it? Now for the options:
Gas preservation - Since it is my product, you can guess I use it. VineyardFresh is 100% argon gas. There are other gas product/systems on the market. These products separate the oxygen away from the wine.
Vacuum products – these are preservation products that work to extract the oxygen from the bottle, reducing oxidation.
Solid separation – these are products that, unlike gas, are visible and work to create a solid barrier between the wine and oxygen.
Refrigeration – this is usually the most readily available and simplest means of preservation. It helps by slowing down oxidation.
We’ll cover the details of these four methods in a separate blog.