How do you store your wine? Do you have a wine rack? A cellar? Do you just set the bottle on top of the fridge and call it a day?
When you stock up on wine, there are a few important things to note when storing it to make sure it is delicious upon opening the bottle. Some factors may be easier than others depending on where you live but, for the most part, they are adaptable for most spaces.
- Controlled temperature: preferably on the cool side (around 55 degrees) as heat causes wine to age further and change the taste of the wine as it makes it go bad quicker. It is critical to make sure that the wine stays at around the same, consistent temperature. Temperature fluctuations may make the wine expand and contract within the bottle, causing the cork to either dry out or seep through.
- Upside down or on its side: storing the bottle either on its side or upside down helps keep the cork from drying out. If the bottle is a screw top, there’s no need to worry about this step. Storing bottles on their side can be a more efficient use of space, but this one is more of a personal preference. The important thing is to keep the cork from drying out.
- Keep in a dark space: light can cause the wine to prematurely age, especially UV Rays.Turning the lights off or keep in a space where there isn’t much natural light is the best way to go to keep your wine fresh.
What do you do to help keep your wine fresh until you open the bottle?