Here's How Long Wine Really Lasts Once It's Been Opened

05/15/2015 07:00 am ET | Updated Sep 18, 2015

Every once in a while, an opened bottle of wine goes unfinished. (It's rare, but it happens.) This is good news, because it means that wine will be there for you on another evening. But how long will it last uncorked before it turns to vinegar? That, friends, all depends on the type of wine you drink.

The fine folks at Wine Folly put together an easy-to-understand infographic that clears up the mystery of wine's shelf life. It's everything we've been looking for, in the simplest of graphics. There are two main takeaways from this invaluable information: first, if you're going to open a bottle of Champagne, you had better finish it. And second, we all just found a great reason to start drinking boxed wine.

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