When buying wine, do you just put it in the pantry or refrigerator without thinking twice? Proper wine storage may be vital for any wine you plan on keeping for more than a week. Many people don’t know how or where to properly store your wine, or even think they’re supposed to do so.
Bottled wine needed to be treated with care and consideration, because they are not very robust. If you plan to wait several years after the purchase date to enjoy the wine, you must be especially careful.
In general, any supermarket-sold wine that you plan to drink in the near future does not need careful storage. However, proper care never hurts. The longer you want to keep the wine, the more care you need to provide due to environmental effects over time.
The ideal place to keep wine is in the cellar, in fact, the process of storing wine is sometimes referred to as “cellaring”. The cellar has the right combination of quiet, darkness and space, needed by wine bottles. However, many people simply don’t have access to a cellar space.
There are a few other practical options you can implement in your home. For special wines, you might consider a cellaring service. This local business will store your wine in perfect environmental conditions for a fee.
Get the Right Temperature
Wine is sensitive to many different environmental factors. The most damaging are extreme temperatures. Both cold and heat can break down a wine’s compounds and make it taste awful.
Sudden changes in temperature can have an immediate impact. Make sure your wine is stored at a constant temperature of between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. You can check with your wine seller about the specific temperature needs or certain wines.
If the temperature you store your wine at goes beyond this range for even a few days, it can de-flavour the wine. It’s important to remember that this changes will happen seasonally or annually, depending on your location.
Get the Right Humidity
Wine should be stored at 70 percent humidity, which is relatively high. Dry conditions can lead to a cracked or shrunken cork. This will allow oxygen into the bottle which will spoil the wine. However, you also don’t want too much humidity.
High humidity can cause mould to grow on the cork. In addition, it can cause the storage space to become musty. This smell can penetrate the cork which will spoil the flavour of the wine. Here are some more tips.
Sunlight and some artificial light, can be harmful if the exposure lasts too long. Light breaks down wine’s organic compounds which cause unpleasant flavours. That’s why wine is generally kept in dark places. You can store your wine in a sealed container or inside a cupboard.
Use a Wine Rack
A wine rack is designed to make wine storage better and easier. Win racks store wine horizontally, which is essential because it keeps the wine in contact with the cork. This will help prevent the cork from drying out, which allows oxygen into the wine.
Wine racks also protect bottles from vibrations and shocks. This can affect the aging and setting process. A wine fridge is an expensive option, which provides similar benefits, with the added benefits of regulated humidity and temperature.
Check How Long You Can Store the Wine
Many of the wines you find in retail stores are meant to be drunk not long after they’re purchased. They don’t store well over long periods of time. A wine that’s meant for storage will indicate on the label how long the wine can sit comfortably and mature.
If you buy a wine for storage, keep to the dates listed. Keeping a wine for too long, especially if the optimal conditions are not maintained can result in a ruined bottle of wine.