Benjamin Franklin once said,” Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” Unfortunately, many wine drinkers can be left feeling very unhappy if they leave their wine open and exposed to oxygen for too long. Oxygen is a frenemy, an enemy masquerading as a friend, of wine. For wines that contain more tannin, oxygen allows the taste to become a bit smoother than if it were drunk immediately. However, when wine is exposed to oxygen for extended periods, the wine will oxidize and eventually start to taste of vinegar. Luckily, there are ways to prevent wine from oxidizes too quickly for anyone from the occasional wine drinker to the wine connoisseur.
For a wine drinker that plans to finish a bottle within a day or two, just popping the corkscrew back into the bottle will do perfectly fine. Also, for a more decorative look, finding a fancy bottle top to put in place of the corkscrew will work as well. Both of these measures are a short-term fix to prevent the wine from oxidizing because oxygen is trapped inside the bottle; the more empty the bottle, the more oxygen available to oxidize the wine.
Using a Nitrogen gas bottle pump along with the two above options will ensure that oxidization of wine does not occur as fast. Spraying nitrogen into the wine bottle will displace the oxygen. If you have always been environmentally conscious or are now “going green”, you may want to take notice that these bottles are not recyclable at the moment, so you may want to try the following option.
Vacuum pumps are another way to remove oxygen from wine to store for a later date. Much like using the nitrogen gas, the more wine that is emptied from the bottle, means the more times the bottle may require pumping to remove the oxygen. Vacuum pumps, much like any consumer good, can range in price, $10 for the cheapest and $56.51 at the most expensive. However, just because there are more expensive vacuum pumps, that does not mean that they do anything different or better than the lesser expensive ones.
Nevertheless, regardless of how much you are spending on a vacuum pump, you want to make certain that it works. One method that always works is going to a store and asking a customer sales representative about the wine pumps available at that particular establishment. If they are educated about the products there, it is likely they can recommend a wine pump just for you. In addition, because the internet is a hotbed of information, going on sites like Amazon.com, searching for vacuum pumps and checking out reviews would be a good way to ensure you are buying a working and long lasting product.
One of the best ways, if possible, to buy a vacuum pump that works would be to ask friends, family or associates. It is likely that, if they use vacuum pumps and enjoy the benefit it gives them, they would be more than willing to give you a suggestion as to what works or what does not. Ultimately, some things are just trial and error; what may work for one does not necessarily work for the other and vice versa. So, if you’re looking for a vacuum pump that works and works well, try some of the least expensive out ones first. If they do not work, you know that they were worth the price you paid for them.