What to Do with your Leftover Wine       

We’ve all at one time in our life experienced the following scenario. Someone at the party mentions the leftover wine they have at home. You, hilarious being that you are, says, “Leftover Wine? What’s that?” And then you congratulate yourself as the crowd laughs at how witty you are. Ok, so maybe this story has some slight exaggerated hyperbole added to it for effect. But the concept stays intact. Leftover wine is not something most oenophiles come across. However, even this Pearl agrees, there are times when you’ve almost poured that last fourth of the bottle down the drain (perish the thought). While this remains the cardinal sin of wine lovers, there’s no need to fret. There are other options! Take a look at three things you can do with dreaded extra wine:

1.       Little Shop of Horrors: The Wine Addition

While I may be aging myself with that reference to a plant come to life, the theory remains the same! Although pouring leftover wine directly onto your plants can dehydrate them and stunt their growth, you can use that wine in your compost bin! The wine will activate the bacteria which in the long run will help the growth of your plants. Fun fact! You can also spray a mixture of wine and water onto your fruits and veggies to help kill bacteria and remove impurities.

2.       The Secret’s in the Sauce

Several recipes call for a little wine, especially certain types of sauce. So, what do you do when your Coq Au Vin needs a cup of wine to pack it full of flavor? Head to your freezer! The next time you have wine left in your bottle, pour it into an extra ice cube tray. When a recipe calls for wine just pop out what you need! Pearl tip! You can also put your leftover wine into your pasta water to add a little flavor and color to your next bowl of rigatoni!

3.       I Like Cooking with Wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food!

With a little time on the stove, your wine can be transformed into a lot of useful products. Simmer on the stove with some sugar, and let it cook down to form a decadent Wine syrup. It’s the perfect thing to drizzle over a main course for your next dinner party.

Syrup not your thang? That’s ok! Add some coarse see salt to it and create a spice to use for future meals or to give out as gifts. Or take that same syrup and add a little pectin. Let it set and bam! You have some homemade wine jelly to use on your next cheese platter! The possibilities are endless folks! Need a little more info on this tip? Check out video on Leftover wine to see a demo.


It’s clear we never need to head to the drains with our wine again! But not all wine ideas are all they’re cracked up to be.

Wine Baths. Chardon-nay or Chardon-yay?

One of the hottest things on the market at present is called Vinotherapy, a line of treatments devoted to taking care of your skin with wine. While several of these treatments, are beneficial, the idea of pouring your leftover wine into the bath for a soak has been consistently proven to be a waste of time. Your body cannot absorb the resveratrol in this manner so the benefits are minimal. But if you’re just interested in pretty pink water and the smell of aging merlot than more power to you! Soak away! Otherwise, leave the vinotherapy to the experts!

Ok dear wine lover. I’ve taught you all I can. Go out there and get creative with your leftover wine. Oh who I am kidding, you probably will never have to use any of these idea, you little wino you. But in case you ever do, The Pearl’s got you covered.