You don’t need to be a wine collector to know the do’s and don’ts of storing wine properly. It may just be a bottle or a bunch of bottles you own, but how much you value each one is all that matters. And what better way to add value to your wine than to be able to store them for a longer time. Just have a sip every now and then, or enjoy them on special occasions with special people.
Listed down are some of the do’s and don’ts according to Wine Cooler Direct. Read on to know how to let your stash preserve its taste until that time when you’re ready to enjoy its company.
Keep Your Bottle Chilled
Heat can turn your bottle of good wine taste like vinegar or pure alcohol. This could happen if you accidentally leave it in your car during the summer. Room temperature will not allow your wine to give its finest taste than when it is chilled fully.
Store Wine In A Much Convenient Place
Wine brings my friends and me together. It is a must that wine is served in every family gathering.
Wine attracts the attention of visitors in the house and serves as a good conversation starter. So keeping it somewhere accessible and convenient makes it easy to grab, open, and serve to your guests.
Position Your Wine On Its Side
Storing the bottle on its side keeps the wine in constant contact with the cork, which is essential for cork moisture. The moistened cork stays expanded, allowing the bottle to maintain an airtight seal and protect the wine from oxygen.
Keeping A Constant Temperature
A variation in temperature can affect the aging negatively and alter chemical changes going on with the wine. With the rise in temperature, wine ages faster, but does not age along the same course. The result when you speed up aging is not the same quality. Plus the fact that temp variation is critical for older wines, especially when the seal of the cork is not any tighter. The cork tends to become less tight with age.
Place Your Wine Collection Where Visible And Choosing A Bottle Would Be Easy
Keep your wine where viewing and finding them would be easy. Some make a list of their collection, but finding what you want conveniently is easier when your bottles are displayed in a clear view.
Don’t Keep Your Wine In The Kitchen Fridge For Long
Some people think that the solution to the problem with temperature is to keep their wine refrigerated. Doing such can harm your wine, not unless what you’re using is a wine refrigerator. The regular fridge in your kitchen is too cold and could dry up your wine’s cork. Your kitchen fridge can take out moisture as it cools. It is essential to keep corks well moist to serve its purpose.
Don’t Place Your Wine On Top Of The Refrigerator
It may seem convenient to choose the top of your fridge to display your bottles of wine. But with all the vibration the fridge gives off, it can disrupt the processing that’s going on with your wine. It can have an effect on the taste and the aging process.
The top of your fridge is often near the light, and that would not be good for your wines because of the heat that light bulbs produce.
Don’t Let Your Wine Stand Upright Long Term
Storing your wine upright means your cork is not moistened. If left for a long time, will cause the cork to dry out which will leave you with a musty and malodorous wine. This is one reason why most wine racks and stands are designed upside down.
Don’t Keep Your Wine In An Ambient Temperature For a Long Time
As mentioned above, the temperature that is too warm to serve wine is not good. It will result in a wine that tastes dull and flat, or worse, vinegar or alcohol tasting.
Don’t Keep Wines In A Place With Harsh Lighting Or Under Direct Sunlight
Lighting is crucial when it comes to storing wine. Light bulbs in your house give off heat that is not good for your wine. Be sure to keep the wine away from windows to avoid direct sunlight or natural light. LED is best to be used in a place where you will store your wine. LED light bulbs use less energy, thus, produce very little heat.