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How to Store Leftover Champagne After Opening Bottle

Welcome to a celebration of a long love affair. If you love life with a passion, you will love Champagne and other sparkling wines, as I do.

Every time I drink Champagne I am asked what am I celebrating? I say, life.  But who says Champagne is only for special occasions? Don’t get me wrong, I won’t turn away a good glass of wine or cocktail! But this bubbly affair of mine has been going on for some time.  Just take a look at the name of my blog.

While a bottle of Champagne is quickly consumed by a larger group of friends, it can be tricky to finish an entire bottle of bubbly if it’s just you. No judgement if you can finish a whole bottle all on your own, but what happens if there is leftovers?  Sometimes all I want is a glass of bubbly to go with my meal or dessert.

How to save leftover Champagne

Let’s assume there was a half-filled bottle of leftover Champagne, how would you store it?  No one enjoys drinking flat Champagne.  Sure, you can always use it for baking or cooking, or you can pour it down the drain.  Which should be a sin! To avoid from this ever happening, I gathered a few recommended ways to keep your bottle of bubbly.

1. Spoon in a bottle

I’ve read that adding a spoon in a Champagne bottle will help keep you bubbly the next day.  All you do is leave a spoon dangling in the champagne bottle and place it in the fridge.  The metal of the spoon helps keep the neck of the bottle cold, which creates a plug above the warmer Champagne.  This prevents the gasses in the bottle from rising and keeps the bubbles in.  Some say it actually doesn’t work and some swear by this trick.  Even if it does work, you still have ONE extra day to enjoy the bubbly.

2. Keep the bubbly extra cold

Another way to keep the bubbles popping is by keeping the bootle extra cold all night.  You can leave the bottle in a ice bucket over night or fill your kitchen sink with ice.  By keeping the bubbly cold, you’re reducing the amount of gas that’s released. Some say that some of the carbonation may get lost and will make it sweet.  If you like a sweet wine, you may like it flat.  Not me, the more bubbles, the better.

3. You get what you pay for, buy good-quality Champagne

It’s not something you want to hear and I know good quality bubbly can get expensive.  But if you pay a few extra bucks for a good-quality Champagne bottle that’s only for you to enjoy, it may be worth it. High-quality Champagne has far fewer specks than its cheap counterparts, meaning its bubbles are less likely to escape the bottle.

4. Use an airtight cork

You can buy a reusable cork at any grocery store, but it’s important that you actually invest in a Champagne stopper. Recorking your Champagne with the cork it came with could lead to a build-up of gasses in the bottle, and ultimately the cork could go flying off in the fridge.

5.  Zzysh it to preserve flavor, color and fizz for WEEKS!

The four tips above could help keep your Champagne bubbly for an extra day or two, but there’s a new gadget called Zzysh that focuses on preserving the crisp taste of a freshly opened bottle of sparkling wine – every time you pour a new glass.  The company is based in the idyllic Swiss town of Murten (where the idea was first born), and has already expanded globally and is used by wine and champagne lovers all around the world.

Zzysh preserving system comes with a handpiece, stopper and 1 cartridge for $69 that is really easy to use. You basically place the stopper over the bottle, then insert the handpiece to the top and press down for 3-4 seconds.  Below is a video demonstration on how easy it is to use:

Zzysh wants to ensure that your bubbly retains its quality, even weeks after the bottle is first opened.  Glass after glass. What I love about this product is that it’s super compact, which means you can take it with you anywhere you go and not to mention, really affordable!  Now you can enjoy one or two glasses of bubbly if you want.  Purchase your Zzysh Champagne Starter Kit here, enter getyourzzysh at check out for a 20% off discount.

So the most common question, does Zzysh really work?  Yes, yes it does. Expect your favorite bottle of Champagne to last and have plenty of bubbles.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Zzysh. The opinions and text are all mine.

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About the author

Hi, my name is Lala Castro and I take pictures of my food and travel adventures (also, my friends pitch in). I love different foods from all over the world and enjoy it with a glass of wine. All though I'm a foodie, I'm also a passionate geek at heart. In fact, sometimes you'll see me covering tech segments on Univision. Follow me on Instagram if you want to know more about me: @sparklinglala

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