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Can You Freeze White Wine?

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Who doesn’t love a glass of cold white wine after a long day of work? But what about a glass of frozen white wine? Is that even possible?

Can You Freeze White Wine?

Yes, you can freeze white wine for up to 3 months. Some sources will tell you that you should only use white wine for cooking after it’s been frozen; it’s perfectly safe to enjoy it on its own once you’ve taken it out of the freezer; it simply won’t taste as good.

Does White Wine Freeze Well? Yes

Can You Refreeze White Wine? No

How to Freeze White Wine

While some people pour their wine into ice cube trays to make an unusually tasty (and slightly naughty) summer treat, we’re going to assume here that you want to freeze your wine for future use, either in cooking or as a glass.

Here are the steps you need to follow to freeze your white wine safely:

  1. Decant your White Wine
    Don’t freeze your white wine in the bottle. You need to leave space for the wine to expand when frozen, and you don’t want to risk picking broken glass out of your freezer. You can decant it into a freezer-safe bag or a Tupperware box, particularly if you plan to use it for cooking. 
  2. Leave Space for Expansion
    As mentioned in point one, leave space for your wine to expand when you place it in the freezer. 
  3. Label and Freeze
    Label your wine by writing the use-by date on the bag or Tupperware container. If you plan on freezing more than one variety of wine, writing the name of the brand and the grape is a good idea. You don’t want to confuse a pinot with a sauvignon!

3 Tips for Freezing White Wine

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing white wine to have the best results:

Consider Using an Ice Cube Tray
If you plan to cook with your wine once defrosted, consider using an ice cube tray. Why? Because an ice cube from a standard tray is around two tablespoons, which is often the ideal wine for many popular cooking recipes. 

Keep Them Airtight
Like other liquids and food items you freeze, wine can suffer from freezer burn if you’re not careful with it. Be sure to press out as much air from the freezer bag as possible before you freeze it, and don’t keep your wine in the freezer for any longer than the suggested 3 months.

Don’t Try to Impress
Although many people won’t notice the difference in taste between wine that has been frozen and wine that hasn’t, we wouldn’t recommend serving it at a dinner party or if you’re trying hard to impress your friends!

How Long Can You Freeze White Wine?

You can freeze white wine for around three months. 

If you’re only planning to freeze white wine for cooking purposes, you may even be able to freeze it for slightly longer than this.

It certainly won’t harm you, but the longer you leave it in the freezer, the more the taste is likely to deteriorate. 

How Long Does White Wine Last in the Fridge?

If sealed properly with a cork, cap or bottle sealer then white wine will keep for around 10 days in the fridge.

How Do You Defrost White Wine?

Defrosting white wine is remarkably simple. Take it out of the freezer and place it in the refrigerator.

Within a few hours, you will have a delightful chilled wine ready to enjoy.

If you’ve frozen wine as ice cubes for cooking purposes, you don’t have to worry about defrosting it before adding it to most recipes. 

Can You Refreeze White Wine?

Because of oxidisation and the increased risk of freezer burn, we wouldn’t recommend freezing wine more than once.

While it’s not dangerous to refreeze wine, you almost certainly won’t enjoy the flavour and taste of a glass of wine that has been frozen and defrosted more than once.

If you have leftovers after defrosting your wine, either enjoy an additional glass to yourself or admit defeat and pour it away.

Does White Wine Freeze Well?

White wine freezes surprisingly well. If you’re not a wine snob, you probably won’t notice much difference, particularly if you enjoy your glass of wine within three months of freezing it.

If you use your white wine for cooking purposes, you should have absolutely no issues, and you will find that it’s an excellent way of keeping some wine on hand for your various recipes. 

Does Freezing White Wine Ruin It?

Thankfully, freezing white wine will not ruin it. Of course, were you to try the same wine side-by-side with one that has been frozen, then there is a chance you could detect the change in taste.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing white wine or wine in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze White Wine for Cooking?

Freezing white wine for cooking is a great idea. You can freeze cubes of white wine, which can be added to stews, soups and casseroles straight from the freezer.

Can You Freeze White Wine Sauce?

It is possible to freeze a jus made with white wine if the sauce doesn’t contain too much dairy. Cream or milk will split during the freezing process, ruining your sauce.


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