Unfortunately, not all of us wine lovers have the luxury of a personal cellar for storage use. For the average person, we simply buy our wine from the local grocery store, put them where ever we want in the kitchen, on the coffee table or even on the nightstand. And we never think about how to properly store them to make sure it last as long as possible.
So how can we make the most out of our wine if we are not planning on drinking it right away? How can we store it in the proper way? Here are the dos and donâ€™ts of storing wine at home:
DO: Keep it in the dark.
Darker bottles are better protected and some bottles have UV filters built into the glass. If you canâ€™t keep a bottle entirely out of the light, keep it lightly wrapped up in a cloth, or simply put the bottle inside a box out of the way.
DO: Keep your wine somewhere where viewing and selecting a bottle is easy.
Itâ€™s important to know whatâ€™s in your collection and where to find it. Although documenting your collection is helpful, itâ€™s hard to beat a clear visual display of all of your bottles. A wine rack is the perfect place for a clear view of your beloved wine!
DO: Keep the temperature constant.
Temperature in a wine storage area should be as constant as possible. All changes should occur slowly. The greater the changes in temperature a wine suffers, the greater the premature aging of the wine from over breathing. The temperature should never fluctuate more than 3Â°F (1.6Â°C) a day and 5Â°F (2.7Â°C) a year, especially with red wines, which will suffer more temperature-related problems than white wines.
DONâ€™T: Keep your wine exposed to the sun.
While a healthy dose of sunshine is a must for grapes while theyâ€™re on the vine, after wine has been bottled, UV light, like that found in the sunâ€™s rays can cause faults, making it to prematurely age and fade labels (in case you ever want to sell a bottle down the line).
DONâ€™T: Move the wine.
If possible, store the wines in such a way that you donâ€™t need to move them in order to reach a bottle to drink. Try not to move a bottle at all once it is stored. Even vibrations from heavy traffic, motors, or generators may negatively affect the wine.