If you are a lover of fine wine, the following helpful tips will highlight the correct storage of wine as well as some handy tips for how to store wine in your home.
For many, a trip to the Riviera is not complete without filling the boot of the car with local wines to be enjoyed in the coming months or years. Or maybe the local supermarket is doing great deals on your favourite bottle and you decide to stock up! Whatever the reason for your excess of wine, it is imperative to store it properly to prevent any changes to the flavour.
To keep your wine in perfect condition there are a few things you need to consider: the cork must be kept from drying, you must keep your wine cool and in a dark place.
Traditionally, bottles have been stored on their sides in order to keep the liquid up against the cork, which should keep the cork from drying out. If you’re planning on drinking these bottles in the near future or if the bottles have alternative closures (screw caps, glass or plastic corks), this is not necessary. We will say this, however: Horizontal racking is a space-efficient way to store your bottles, and it definitely can’t harm your wines.
Temperatures above 21 Degrees Celsius have been cited as damaging to wine, causing the wine to age more quickly or even causing the wine to become “cooked” resulting in flat aromas or flavours. Optimum storage temperature for your wine is 12 Degrees Celsius. Aim for consistency with temperatures as large fluctuations in temperature can also damage wines.
The sun’s UV rays can also degrade and prematurely age your wine. Ever wondered why most wine bottles are green? – it’s like sunglasses for wine! The tinted glass deflects the damaging UV rays preventing degradation of the grape. Darkness is particularly important for long term storage of wine.
Storing your wine at home:
If your home does not have a cool, dry basement that can double as a cellar, you can improvise with some simple racks in a safe place. Rule out your kitchen, laundry room or boiler room, where hot temperatures could affect your wines, and look for a location not directly in line with light pouring in from a window. Keep the racks at a height above where children can get at them to prevent accidents.