User rating
Pros: Helps preserve an unfinished bottle of wine significantly longer than a simple cork. Very easy to use with a distinctive click noise to indicate it's done pulling the air out. Sleek stainless steal finish creates a polished look that is more attractive than other plastic versions.
Cons: If the bottle is mostly empty, it can get tiring to pump out all the air. This might be a reason to try a wine preservation gas spray.

Any avid wine drinker knows there’s nothing worse than wasting a perfectly good bottle simply because it wasn’t finished over dinner.

But what’s the best way to preserve a bottle of wine for a few more days?

One of the best methods to help you preserve your wine is to use a vacuum pump before sealing it up. By removing air from the bottle, you are preventing your wine from continuing to react with oxygen. Oxygen, over time, is what eventually causes red wine to turn to vinegar. By removing the air from the bottle, you extend the wine’s shelf life (although not indefinitely) for a few more days than simply reinserting a cork. This is the best bargain solution for storing and preserving your opened wines.

Best Wine Vacuum Pump

Vacu Vin Wine Saver

We’ve used a couple different vacuum pumps and our favorite is the Vacu Vin Wine Saver. It’s just incredibly easy to use.

Operation: Insert the rubber stopper into the open bottle of wine. Place the pump over the rubber stopper and begin to pull the lever towards you. With just a couple pumps, all the air from an opened bottle is removed while automatically resealing your wine with a reusable rubber stopper. This slows down the oxidation process and keeps your wine fresh for 7 to 10 days. We also love that it has a helpful clicking sound to let you know when the optimum vacuum level has been reached (no guesswork required).

A quick trick is to dip the rubber stopper in water before inserting it into your open bottle. This allows you to get the best air-tight seal (check out the video below).

We opted for the stainless steel version, which just looks and feels nicer than the other plastic models (of course, it’s just a matter of personal preference). All models, including the stainless steel, are dishwasher safe making cleaning your wine pump a breeze.

Like we said before, this vacuum wine pump is your best bargain solution for storing and preserving opened wines.

Wine Preservation Tips

Below are some basic tips to further help preserve your wine after opening:

Make sure to store your wine upright to minimize surface area of wine exposed to any remaining oxygen. 

Try to keep your wine in an area where it won’t be exposed to drastic changes in temperature (which can damage your wine), such as on top of your refrigerator. 

If the wine isn’t quite cool enough, don’t be afraid to put it in the fridge for 10 or 15 minutes before serving (yes, this includes red wine). Conversely, you can warm up a wine bottle in luke warm water. Be careful not to use hot water, it should only be slightly warmer than room temperature. 

Organic wine or sulfite-free wine are typically more fragile so it’s even more important to vacuum pump these particular bottles. 

What to Avoid When Storing Open Wine

Below are some basic tips to further help preserve your wine after opening:

Don’t store open wine on its side – it increases the surface area exposed to oxygen. 

Don’t store open wine by a window. Sun exposure increases damage. 

If you live in a really warm climate, store all your wine in the fridge. Don’t store the wine at temperatures above 70 F.