What to do with leftover wine

Most retailers will take back unopened bottles of the wines they sell to you as long as the labels and cork area haven't been damaged or stained. Some will take back only full cases of the same wine; if your retailer requires full cases, keep those nine bottles of Merlot and enjoy them on ensuing anniversaries, or give them to friends and family as mementos or hostess gifts. For best results, store bottles horizontally in a dark space and at a consistent (cool) temperature. A bottle of opened bubbly may last another day or two in the fridge, but no longer.