Yes, you can freeze wine. But should you?

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Although wine can last years (decades, even) in an unopened bottle, once you pop the cork, the clock starts ticking.

 

Exactly how long a wine will last once opened can depend on a variety of factors, such as how the wine was made, the temperature of the room it’s being kept in, and whether it’s being stored with the cork on or off. However, as a rule of thumb, most commercially produced red wine will only last only a few days before it begins to oxidize and change flavors (essentially going “bad”), according to Bon Appétit.

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If kept in the fridge, white wines may last a bit longer than reds but generally still no more than a week. For sparkling wines and natural wines, the timeframe is thought to be even shorter — as little as a single day. This issue has led many lovers of the grape to wonder whether storing opened bottles in an even colder environment would extend that window.

 

But can you freeze wine? Here’s a primer.

Can You Freeze Wine? Pros And Cons

Wine is perfectly safe to drink after it’s been frozen. However, it’s possible that the flavor of the wine can be slightly compromised or altered by the freezing process. If your palate is less than discerning, you’ll probably be fine to thaw that bottle out and drink it as usual.

 

But, the sad fact is that if you are the type of wine drinker who notices subtle flavor changes, you may want to consider using your frozen bottle of wine to cook with, make a mixed drink like sangria or use in homemade wine vinegar rather than drinking it straight.

 

As far as the lasting power of frozen wine, doing this should preserve it for about three months, giving you a lot more time to drink it, cook with it or turn it into a delightful wine slushie.

 

If you plan to freeze wine so you can enjoy a glass at a later date, you can simply freeze it in the bottle. However, keep in mind that wine expands as it freezes, so it’s best to avoid placing a full bottle of wine in your freezer as it could shatter once it’s frozen solid if there isn’t enough room in the bottle for it to expand. A full bottle of frozen wine could also actually push the cork out as the liquid expands, allowing air to seep in and oxidize the wine.

 

Given that unopened wine will keep its full power, there’s really no reason to freeze a fresh bottle of wine anyway.

Can You Freeze Wine That’s Boxed?

If you’re a lover of boxed wine, you may be wondering if it’s also OK to freeze and the answer is: absolutely! However, like with bottled wine, there is always the possibility that the flavor of the wine could be slightly altered by the freezing process.

 

If you want to keep it as close to the original taste as possible, you may just want to keep the wine in your refrigerator since boxed wines are typically constructed with airtight polyethylene bags that help keep the wine fresh in a fridge for up to six weeks even after opening. If you do decide to freeze a box, consider detaching the wine bag from the box before freezing to save on space. As a plus, since there isn’t any glass involved, you don’t have to worry about anything shattering or breaking in your freezer.

Can You Freeze Wine To Lower Its Alcohol Content?

According to wine experts, freezing wine does not change the alcohol content. This is because it’s a physical change rather than one that alters a wine’s chemical composition. So, if your wine is 13% alcohol by volume before it’s frozen, it will remain 13% in the freezer and once it’s defrosted, too.

How To Freeze Wine: 4 Best Practices

Before you freeze your wine, here are a few things you should know:

  • Avoid freezing sparkling wine you’ve already opened, as the freezing won’t trap the carbonation and the wine will end up flat.
  • Double-check that your wine bottle doesn’t have any chips or cracks in it to avoid it shattering in the freezer.
  • If you plan to freeze wine in ice cube trays, make sure to fill the cubes only halfway to allow room for the wine to expand as it freezes.
  • Because of the alcohol content in wine, note that it won’t ever freeze as hard as an ice cube. This means that frozen wine will defrost quickly once you take it out of the freezer, so make sure to plan accordingly.

Cooking With Frozen Wine

If you can plan on cooking with the wine you’ve frozen, steal a trick from Nigella Lawson and pour the leftover wine into ice cube trays and then store them in plastic bags. Having the wine frozen into cubes makes it easier to add a small amount to a sauce or another recipe later on, and storing them in plastic bags will prevent the wine from absorbing any other smells in the freezer.

 

A standard ice cube is roughly about 1 ounce or two tablespoons, but if you prefer or your favorite recipes call for bigger amounts of wine, consider using a muffin tin to freeze the wine in, or pour a pre-measured amount, like one cup, directly into a plastic bag to freeze.

 

For more on how to cook with frozen wine, check out these ideas and recipes.

 

This article originally appeared on Simplemost and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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Wineries and vineyards are some of the most popular businesses that celebs like to get into.

 

It’s no surprise, either. According to Statista, wine sales in the US have grown every year from 2000 to 2018, reaching a peak of over $68 billion in retail sales in the latest year of data!

 

Celebrities get involved in the wine business in a couple of different ways. The most common is for them to partner with a winery to create a new company, brand, or wine line. On paper, this is a mutually beneficial relationship, where the winery can benefit from the celebrity’s endorsement, and the celeb can benefit from the credibility and expertise of the winery.

 

So let’s get into it. Below, you’ll find 34 of the biggest celebrities who own a winery, wine brand, or vineyard.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Blenheim Vineyards

 

Dave Matthews bought Blenheim Farm in 1999, a historically significant farm in Virginia. Seeing the old vineyard on the property, Matthews decided to plant new grapevines the following year.

 

This 30-acre vineyard was Matthews’s first foray into the wine business, but not his last. In 2011, Dave partnered with winemaker Sean McKenzie to create a new line of wines under the Dreaming Tree brand.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Ciccone Vineyard and Winery

 

Ciccone Vineyard and Winery was started by Silvio “Tony” Ciccone, Madonna’s father, in 1995. While her father primarily owns and runs the businesses, the Madonna name has been featured on the wine.

 

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Ferguson Crest

 

Located in Santa Ynez Valley, Ferguson Crest is a small 6-acre winery founded by Pat Ferguson and his daughter Fergie in 2006.

 

I’m assuming that the wine is… fergilicious.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Dan Aykroyd Wines

 

Dan Aykroyd partnered with the Toronto-based company Diamond Estates to create his own wine label, Dan Akroyd Wines. The wine is no joke. Back in 2015, Dan Aykroyd’s wine snagged a couple of awards at 2015 All Canadian Wine Championships.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Andretti Winery

 

What started as a small winery in 1996, Andretti Winery grew fast. Not surprising to see from the former race car driver!

 

After partnering with the former CEO of Kmart, a previous sponsor of the racer, the business started to expand its operations.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Carmel Road Winery

 

With the help of winemaker Kris Kato, Barrymore paired up with Carmel Road Winery in Monterey County, California, to create her own line of wine. It featured popular light wines like pinot grigio and rose.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Château Miraval

 

Although Brad and Angelina have split, this château and vineyard in the south of France has lived on. They originally leased the land in 2008 and eventually bought it three years later.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Anta Banderas

 

Almost 10 years ago, it was announced that Banderas had bought at least 50% of this Spanish winery. The Mask of Zorro star couldn’t resist slicing his way into the wine business.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Skywalker Vineyards

 

Would you expect any other name from George Lucas?

 

This famous vineyard was started over 20 years ago at Skywalker Ranch. The Star Wars creator teamed up with Winemaker Scott McLeod to bring his vision to life.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Skinnygirl

 

Bethenny Frankel is known for her appearances in reality TV shows such as “The Apprentice,” “Martha Stewart” and “The Real Housewives of New York City.” Though most recently, she is known for creating her Skinnygirl brand in 2009, which includes wine, among other products.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: LVE Wines

 

John Legend, the legendary musician, created his own brand of wine in partnership with Raymond Vineyards. Created in Napa Valley, the “LVE” of the brand stands for Legend Vineyard Exclusive.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Casa Dumetz

 

Famous actor Emilio Estevez entered the wine business when he started Casa Dumetz near his home in Malibu. However, it appears that as of 2016, he sold said home and vineyard.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Two Paddocks

 

Two Paddocks is a New Zealand Winery started in 1993 by Sam Neill. Sam Neill still plays an active role in the business today and protects New Zealand’s natural resources.

 

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Bracco Winery

 

Lorraine Bracco is the owner of her line of wine, Bracco Wines. The wines were actually featured in the first season of “Top Chef,” and Bracco herself has appeared as a guest and judge on several food-related TV shows.

 

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Save Me, San Francisco Wine C

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Yes, the band Train started a winery! You can check out what they have to offer here.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Tenuta il Palagio

 

Another musician, another winery. This time, Sting and his wife Trudie Tyler created a winery outside of their private home in the Tuscan countryside south of Florence.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Jeff Gordon Wines

 

Alright, we’re entering the sports section of the list, and there is no shortage of athletes who have started wineries. First up is Jeff Gordon, who is the creator of the aptly named Jeff Gordon Wines.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Mike Ditka Wines

 

From da head coach comes another perfectly named wine brand – Mike Ditka Wines. This one is in collaboration with Mendocino Wine Company.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Intercept Wines

 

Charles Woodson, a former NFL cornerback with 65 career interceptions, created Intercept wines a few years ago. Woodson says that his passion for wine developed when in training camp in the Napa Valley when playing with the Oakland Raiders.

This passion eventually turned into him starting his own wine brand.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Yao Family Wines

 

Yao Ming, a former NBA star, started his winery in Napa Valley in 2011.

Yao says that his love of wine spurred from dinners out with then-teammate Dikembe Mutumbo in 2004.

 

From the Yao Family Wines website, “Dikembe introduced Yao to the magic of a great steak and wine pairing, and Yao became an aspiring wine aficionado.”

 

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Winery/Vineyard: The Calling

 

Jim Nantz, a famous sports commentator, partnered with Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits to launch The Calling wines. Nantz met CEO Peter Deutsch by chance in 2009, and the partnership blossomed from there.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Doubleback Wine

 

Drew Bledsoe started Doubleback wine near his hometown in Washington in the Walla Walla Valley. Bledsoe partnered with winemaker Josh McDaniels on this endeavor.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Wayne Gretzky Estates

 

Wayne Gretzky is famous for his legendary hockey skills, great quotes (“you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”) and now wine. Wayne Gretzky Estates operates in Canada out of a large 23,000 square foot facility.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Ernie Els Wine

 

South African golf legend Ernie Els started his own winery in 2005 in partnership with winemaker Louis Strydom. The winery is based out of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Passing Time

 

Dan Marino partnered with another former Dolphins Quarterback to launch Passing Time wines in 2012.

 

Regarding the name, Marino says, “There’s the subtle football reference. When it’s fourth down in the red zone, and you’re down by six with seconds left, it’s ‘Passing Time.’ And when you’re enjoying a bottle of great wine with good friends, it’s just Passing Time. We think it’s the perfect metaphor for the wine, and we can’t wait to share it with wine lovers who share our passion for great wine.”

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Arnold Palmer Wines

 

Although he might be most famous for his lemonade and iced tea combo, that didn’t stop Arnold Palmer from venturing into the wine business as well!

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Wade Cellars

 

Dwayne Wade partnered with Jayson Pahlmeyer when starting Wade Cellars. Jayson had shown Wade what a harvest looked like in Napa Valley in 2014, and the former Miami Heat star was hooked, starting his own wine a few years later.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Hunt and Ryde Winery

 

Guy Fieri named his wine label after his two sons, Hunter and Ryder. No stranger to the food and beverage industry, Fieri has started a few different food brands after finding monster success on the Food Network.

 

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Becca Kufrin is potentially starting one of the most recent celeb wine labels. The Bachelorette star announced in October 2020 that her new wine label would be coming soon.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Pursued by Bear

 

Kyle MacLachlan, an actor best known for his role in “Twin Peaks,” started Pursue by Bear in 2005. The winery is also based in the Walla Walla Valley in Washington.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Lasseter Family Winery

 

John Lasseter, the famous American movie director behind films like “Toy Story” and “Cars,” is also in the wine business. He started Lasseter Family Winery with his wife in 1997.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Trump Winery

 

Real estate, casinos, politics, and now wine – the Trump empire has spread across many business sectors. Trump winery is self-described as the largest winery on the east coast.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Rubicon Estate Winery

This winery and vineyard was originally established in 1879 but was purchased by Francis and Eleanor Coppola in 2011 and rebranded under the Inglenook name.

 

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Winery/Vineyard: Avaline

 

Last but not least, Cameron Diaz started Avaline wine with Katherine Power. Their mission is to provide clean and organic wine under the Avaline brand, as they believe this will be the future of winemaking.

 

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