Over the past several years my wife and I have become more intrigued by wine of all kinds. It all started with a trip to Napa Valley with some close friends of ours and the rest, as they say, is history. Since then, our collection has slowly grown, and ensuring it is stored properly has become more important than ever. This begs the question: what is the best way to store wine at home?
If you are a big wine connoisseur or just saving a few bottles to crack open on special occasions, it’s important to understand how best to store them safely until you’re ready to partake. Follow the guidelines below!
To ensure each wine bottle maintains the proper flavor and aroma, storing it at the correct temperature is essential. Regardless if it is red, white, or sparkling, storing your bottles at 53°F to 57°F is most ideal. Keeping your bottles in a room where the temperature is much warmer than that may cause the flavor to become flat. Keep your wine in the dark and away from direct UV rays as much as you can to protect the wine’s flavor.
Controlling the humidity in the room is important if you plan to store bottles for more than a couple of years. The ideal humidity for storage is between 50 to 75 percent and anything below that could cause the corks to dry out, letting air seep into the bottle.
Generally, it is advised to store wine bottles on their sides. This allows the wine to stay up against the cork which should aid in keeping it from drying out. However, if you don’t plan to store the wine for long or if the bottle has a screw top or plastic cork, this is not required for safe storage.
Not all wine is designed to have a long shelf life or be aged. Make sure you know what the winemaker’s intention was for that particular bottle. It is always better to open it a little early and enjoy it!
For easy reference, Wine Enthusiast creates a vintage chart each year to assist you when selecting a bottle from your collection.
By following these guidelines on how to store wine at home it should help keep your investment safe and ready for enjoyment at a moments notice.
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