How to Properly Store Wine

How to Properly Store Wine

Wine is the most lavish drink that has been in existence from the ancient times to the modern days. This drink is enjoyed by many all over the world. As a matter of fact, many homes probably have a bottle or two in their cabinets. Mostly people buy them not willing to drink them immediately. This raises the need of knowing how to store this drink properly. It is very important to ensure you store them in good condition and in the right way.

Ensure the temperature is kept constant

Always make sure you store wine in a cool and stable temperature. Hot temperatures would run your wine stale and tasteless. The perfect temperature to store wine ranges from 45-65 degrees. The temperature should never go beyond 75 degrees. The fridge is never the right place to store your wine unless it’s dinner wine (mostly white wine). The cork dries out as a result of the extreme cold. Look for a good spot in your closet or the basement where the temperature stays cool.

Keep it in the dark

Keep the wine away from the UV rays which make the wine develop an unpleasant smell. Light is not a friend to wine and therefore should never be exposed to direct sunlight. You can wrap the bottle with a cloth if keeping it away from light is impossible. Dark wine bottles are better protected and some bottles have inbuilt UV rays filter.

Store them on their sides

This mostly applies to corked wine. If stored upright for a long time, the cork tends to dry out letting air inside the bottle. Storing them sideways allows the wine to touch the cork keeping it wet. This might not really apply to wines with plastic corks or screw caps but you can still store them sideways if you want.

Do not move the wine

Try as much as possible not to keep moving the wine. If possible vibrations from generators, heavy tracks or vehicles should also be avoided.

Keep the wine isolated

Wine breathes, and for that reason it shouldn’t be kept in the same places with items that have strong smell. It will spoil it. A place with good ventilation would be ideal for wine storage.

Adjust the temperature before you serve

Different wines taste differently at certain temperatures. It is important you know your wine and adjust the temperatures accordingly before serving. Allow the temperature to go up or down according to the type of wine the serve.