Of all the factors that can influence the taste and quality of wine, temperature is perhaps the most important. Therefore, it is important to know how to store wine properly. In general, the ideal temperature for long-term or short-term wine storage is around 13ºC. Regardless of the type or label, wine should never be kept below -4ºC, which can cause wine to freeze., Above 20°C can accelerate the aging process and destroy volatile compounds.
4 Ways To Store Wine Properly At Home
1. Store Wine Bottles Horizontally
For bottles with corks, be sure to store your wine horizontally in a wine rack or in a wine cooler. Keeping wine on its side helps keep the cork moist, which is key for long-term storage, as a dried out cork can cause seepage and premature aging. While it’s not necessary to keep screw top wine bottles on their sides, horizontal storage is nevertheless an efficient way to store your wines for maximum space and easy access.
2. Store Wine In A Wine Fridge, Not A Regular Fridge
If you don’t have a wine storage space that’s consistently cool and dark, a wine cooler is a good idea. Unlike a standard refrigerator, which keeps your food very cold and dry, a wine fridge keeps wine between 50-60˚F (10-15˚C) and at the proper humidity. (A good fridge will also have a cooler setting for champagne.) Keeping your wine in a separate wine fridge also helps prevent cross-contamination from food odours.
3. Serve Wine At The Proper Temperature
Red wine should be served chilled slightly below room temperature, between 12-19˚C. White wines should be served colder than reds. But they must not be kept so cold as to affect the aromas. White wine should be chilled inside a wine fridge between 8-12˚C. Champagne should be served coldest of all, at 5-8˚C.
4. Store Open Bottles Of Wine Properly
Stored properly, an opened bottle of wine can last between 3 and 5 days. The key to extending the shelf life of an open wine and retain its original qualities is to recork it promptly and store it in a wine fridge. To recork wine, place some wax paper around the cork and slide it back into its original position. The wax will ease the cork into the top and also ensure that no stray parts of the cork drop into the bottle.
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