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.
- 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.
- Leave Space for Expansion
As mentioned in point one, make sure you leave space for your wine to expand when you place it in the freezer.
- Label and Freeze
Label your wine by writing the use-by date on the bag or Tupperware container. Your white wine should be good in the freezer for around three months. If you plan on freezing more than one variety of wine, it’s a good idea to write the name of the brand and the grape. You don’t want to confuse a pinot with a sauvignon after all!
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’re planning 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 amount of wine for many popular cooking recipes.
- Keep Them Airtight – Just like other liquids and food items that 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 make sure you don’t keep your wine in the freezer for any longer than the suggested three months if you intend to enjoy it outside of cooking.
- 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! Keep it for yourself or your favourite recipes, and nip to the store to buy a new bottle if you’re expecting dinner guests.
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 do you any harm, but the longer you leave it in the freezer, the more the taste is likely to deteriorate.
You Can Freeze White Wine for up to 3 Months
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 glass of chilled wine ready to enjoy.
If you’ve frozen wine as ice cubes to be used 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 of a 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 actually an excellent way of keeping some wine on hand for your various recipes.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing white wine or wine in general, then these may help:
What Happens If You Freeze White Wine?
As you freeze white wine, you’ll find that the water content expands. This happens with all liquids. It is also why we advise not to freeze white wine in the bottle. Ice crystals can appear in the body of the wine once it has been frozen and thawed. This won’t hugely impact the taste but will alter the texture.
Does Freezing White Wine Ruin It?
Thankfully, freezing white wine will not ruin it. Were you to try the same wine side-by-side with one that has been frozen, then there is a chance you would be able to detect the change in taste. But if you’re not a trained sommelier, then you should be fine.