Top 6 Tips For Storing Wine
However large or small your collection, if you want to get the best out of every last drop it’s important to know how to correctly store your wine. Luckily, keeping your reds and whites unharmed from the elements isn’t as tricky as some people might think – these 6 tips will help you on your way!
1. The Right Temperature
Finding the best temperature for your wine is a bit of a Goldilocks-inspired mission; not too hot, not too cool, but just right. You don’t want things to get above 24 degrees Celsius, but getting down below 7 degrees Celsius (as most fridges are set to) will start to affect the wine’s ageing process as well.
Ideally, it’s best to keep your wine between 7 and 18 degrees C, with 12 degrees being the magic number. Perhaps even more important that fretting over the temperature gauge, though, is consistency. If wine is subjected a rapid heat change or cool shift, it’s likely to suffer, so try to keep things as steady as possible.
2. Turn The Lights Down Low
As well as hating the heat or cold, wine is also pretty against light, especially direct sunlight. That’s actually why a lot of wine bottles are coloured or tinted – kind of like sunglasses for your favourite reds and whites.
Try and keep your wine out of the light as well as possible, or, if you can’t, at least wrap it in a cloth or keep it in a box.
3. Sweat It Out
You may not enjoy the humidity, but your favourite wine certainly does. Dry air can get into a corked bottle and start to dry out the wine, which is why so many experts suggest keeping the humidity levels up to around 70%, if possible.
If your bottle has a screw top, this isn’t something to worry about too much, as this method keeps the wine fairly well-protected. For corked bottles there are definitely methods you can use to create a more humid environment, like putting a bowl of water in your storage area.
4. Lay Down Sally
Not only is storing your wines sideways way more space efficient, it also ensures the wine stays up against the cork. That prevents it from drying out, and, in turn, the wine getting ruined.
Again, for screw tops this is slightly less of a concern, but it still makes a big impact in terms of making storage more compact.
5. Alone Time
Because wine breathes, it can take in other surrounding smells. That means if you were planning on storing your wine next to a big barrel of garlic, you’re more than likely going to find that the smell permeates through the cork (or screw top, although this is harder to permeate through than a cork) and taints the wine. Unless that’s what you want…
6. Don’t Move A Muscle
It’s best to keep your wine stored as still as possible, which means putting it somewhere that you don’t have to be frequently moving it around to access other bottles etc.
You may have even heard experts citing vibrations as a cause for speeding up the chemical reactions in the liquid and causing wine to age too quickly. This isn’t as worrisome as some might have you believe. As long as you’re not storing your wine on a bass-blaring subwoofer or beside some train tracks, it’s very unlikely that your wine will experience enough vibration to actually cause as issue.
Follow these simple tips, and next time you’re hosting a dinner party or getting ‘something from the cellar’ for a special occasion, you can rest assured that your collection will be ready to drink (and taste fantastic)!