Have you ever had a wine that tasted great when it was first opened, but then it seemed to get worse with every sip? This is often because the wine wasn’t stored properly. There are many ways to store wine in order to preserve flavor and longevity. In this blog post, we’ll go over different storage tips to help you preserve your wine for longer.
Evaluate the Wine You Are Looking to Store
To store wine, ask yourself the following questions first:
- What type of wine are you planning to store? Is it a fine wine?
- How much wine do you have?
- How long are you planning to store the wine?
- Do you plan to keep it in your own home or a wine cellar?
- How will your wine display fit into your everyday life?
Once you plan to store a bottle of wine rather than consume it immediately, you need to pay attention to the proper temperature, light, and humidity guidelines.
Find a Dry, Dark Storage Space
When storing your wine, it is important to avoid direct sunlight. Sunlight can cause sulfur-containing amino acids to oxidize. This can change the flavor of the wine. It’s important not only to avoid direct sunlight, but also fluorescent light fixtures. It’s important to note that darker bottles provide more protection from direct sunlight than lighter bottles. That is why it is especially important that white wine stored in clear bottles be in a dark storage place.
If you can’t keep a bottle completely out of the path of sunlight, keep it inside of a box or wrapped lightly in cloth. If you opt for a cabinet to age and store your wine, consider one with solid or UV-resistant doors.
Store Wine at a Consistent Temperature and Humidity
Storing your wines at a consistent temperature and humidity helps prevent fluctuations in these levels from aging or spoiling your bottles of wine. The best temperature to store wine is between 45 and 65 degrees. If your wine goes above 70 degrees, it could cause the wine to spoil. Humidity also plays an important role in the integrity of your wine in your storage. Aim for a humidity level around 70 percent. If the humidity level is too low, it could cause the cork of your wine to dry out which can allow air into the wine. If the humidity runs higher than 70 percent, it can cause mold growth.
Just as important as the temperature and humidity, be sure to keep the air quality the same. Avoid fluctuating temperatures caused by weather or heating and cooling systems. The more consistent the environment of your wine, the longer it will last.
Don’t Store Corked Wine Bottles in an Upright Position
It’s important to keep the cork of your wine moist at all times. That is why it is crucial to store wine on its side if it has a cork. As mentioned earlier, if the cork dries out then air can get into the bottle and cause your wine to spoil.
Note Any Expiration Dates
Not all wine is meant to age. The majority of wine won’t last more than a year or two. Wine is best when consumed within a relatively short period, so it’s often recommended to drink wine as soon as you open the bottle.
If you are looking for a wine that will get better with age and last for ten years or more, find select varieties with a specific balance of tannins and sugars from a knowledgeable wine vendor.
Keep Wine out of the Fridge Long Term
Storing wine in the fridge is okay for the short term, but the vibrations can damage wine over time. Not only will you expose the wine to odors by keeping it in the fridge for more than a day, but the vibrations from the compressor can harm the wine, too.
After the wine has been opened, white wine should last in the fridge for up to three days. Red wine should last at room temperature outside the fridge for a few days.
Once the Wine Is in Storage, Leave It There until You Want to Drink It.
Similar to how fridge vibrations can damage wine, so can moving it too often. For this reason, we recommend not stacking wine on top of each other or storing them in front of one another on a shelf.
We hope you’ve learned some tips and tricks for ensuring maximum longevity and flavor of your wines! When you’re ready to stock up on your favorites or try some new wines, check out our online store or stop into our tasting room. We are always happy to serve new and familiar faces!