How you store your wine can make the difference between joyfully opening a perfectly scented, exquisite tasting wine to discovering unexpectedly that you now have a pungent vinegar. Wine connoisseurs are very careful with not only which types of wine they purchase but also how to store wine. Follow these simple tips so that your wine will always taste its' best and you don't have to find a second bottle of wine to replace the one that was damaged.
Don't Let The Cork Dry Out
Storing wine on its side is done for a reason. This method of storage keeps the cork moist so it will not crack. Too much or too little humidity can also cause issues. Too much can cause mildew; too little can cause the cork to crack.
Avoid Strong Vibrations
Vibrations seem to break down wine. We recommend keeping your wine as stable as possible to maintain it at its best. By carefully storing your wine in a wine rack it is less likely to be jostled.
The Right Temperature
Wines like to be kept at a consistent temperature that isn't too hot or too cold. Ideally, wine should be stored between 5 to 18 degrees Celsius. A wine cellar is the most common solution to maintaining this constant environment. This makes certain the wine and the cork are at optimal temperatures.
Generally, you want to store your wine in very low light or pure darkness as light breaks down wine. Fortunately, most bottles are currently made with ultraviolet filters to reduce the amount of light exposure. Too much light will cause the wine to have a repugnant aroma. Be careful to not store your wine by a window that allows direct sunlight to shine on your wine bottle.
Storing Left Over Wine
If you minimize the amount of air in your wine bottle, the wine that is stored will last longer. This means that you will want to store opened bottles of wine in a smaller container if at all possible. If you wish you can also purchase wine saver which adds nitrogen to the bottle.
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