FOUR KEY POINTS FOR CORRECTLY STORING YOUR WINE AT HOME
Wine is a delicate product and to enjoy it at its best it has to be stored in the best conditions possible. Here we have four tips for storing your wine at home, in order to better protect the aromas and flavors.
1. KEEP THE BOTTLE AT THE CORRECT TEMPERATURE
Heat is enemy number 1 for wine. Temperatures above 69ºF can age a wine much more quickly than normal, and if it is exposed to temperatures even higher than that, you risk losing the aromas and flavors of the wine.
Wine should ideally be stored at a temperature of 45-65ºF and this temperature should be consistent.
2. KEEP THE BOTTLE AWAY FROM LIGHT
Any sunlight can cause big problems to your wine, especially if you are planning to keep for many months or years. UV light can degrade and age a wine prematurely, which is why many wines come in colored bottles, like sunglasses for the wine. While normal artificial light in your home won’t damage a precious bottle, sunlight or fluorescent light can.
Wine should ideally be stored in a dark place with no natural sunlight.
3. THE IMPORTANCE OF HUMIDITY
When it comes time to store your wines correctly, another important point is to ensure that your chosen spot has the correct levels of humidity. If you are storing your wines in an extremely dry place this can lead to corks drying out, and eventually the oxidation of your wine. However if the humidity is too high this can lead to mold. The ideal humidity for the wine is around 70%. If this is not possible can leave a bowl of water near the wine which can help avoid an overly dry atmosphere.
4. BOTTLE POSITION
Always keep your bottles horizontal, as this will keep the wine in contact with the cork, keeping it moist and therefore avoiding a dried-out cork that will oxidize your wine. For bottles with a screw cap, you don’t have to store them horizontally, and can keep them however is most convenient.