If one is new to the world of wines, one may wonder how one can store their wine so that when the time comes to pull out the cork, the wine tastes as good as it possibly can.
There are a few tips for wine lovers out there, who wish to learn how to store their wine at home.
Always store bottles on their side
Store the bottle on its side in a wine rack, so the cork stays in constant contact with the wine. Though some wines have screw-on caps or rubber or plastic corks, most still come with natural corks. To maintain an airtight seal that protects the wine from oxygen and outside aromas, a natural cork must stay moist and expanded.
Keep temperature moderate
If you can’t keep wine cool, keep it stable. The ideal storage temperature is 45 degrees for white wine and 55 degrees for red wine. However, if you plan to open the bottle within six months, a warmer room temperature is fine. Avoid storing bottles in pockets of high heat or in locations where temperatures fluctuate drastically, such as next to the dishwasher or stove. Don’t stash a collection of wine on top of the refrigerator; overhead lighting and refrigerator exhaust give off a lot of heat. Additionally, the constant vibration can adversely affect the wine’s taste.
Try to avoid areas with constant light and exposure
Keep wine away from light. If a wine has been subjected to bright light for an extended period, it will taste numb. Although most bottles are made from tinted glass, which offers some UV protection, there’s still a risk of exposure. Keep your wine low to the ground or in a cabinet. Both will help protect it from overhead fluorescent lighting, which can also do damage. The most important thing is to keep the bottles out of direct sunlight.
Restore an opened bottle of wine
Don’t feel pressured to drink an entire bottle of wine in one sitting. You can enjoy what’s left as long as you recork the wine and store it properly. First, make sure the same end of the cork goes back in the bottle (the other end has been exposed to mold and odours). If the cork won’t insert easily, use the blade of a corkscrew to shave a notch near the bottom on either side. Another option is to pick up a reusable rubber stopper.