When it comes to a great bottle of wine, there is an appropriate way to store it, whether that be at home or in your storage unit.
Fine wines are usually best kept for long term aging, while cheaper wines should be consumed within the first 24 hours of being opened. If you’re looking to add a little longevity to your grapes, check out our tips for optimal wine storage!
Tips to Storing Fine Wine the Right Way
Wine must be stored between 52 to 64 degrees F. When stored below 55 degree F, you can expect to keep the wine stored safely for years. Anything above, it should be opened after a year of storage. Wine must be kept cool to prevent it from aging too quickly or from becoming cooked which will spoil it faster.
The humidity in the area the wine is stored must be kept between 60 and 70%. High humidity could cause for fungus to grow, while too low of humidity could affect the cork and allow the wine to evaporate.
There should be no lighting where the wine is stored. When wine is exposed to light, wine could become flawed and the taste is compromised. This is why light or white wines are usually sold in darker bottles. If you have a large wine cellar, you can have a light in there to help you read the labels, but never leave the light on for a long length of time.
Avoid bad odors and fungus growth by storing the wine in a clean room. Many people store wine away from the kitchen where smells tend to fill the room more often and heat tends to radiate, or in storage units where there is generally little-to-no smell at all. Also, keep the wine away from cleaning supplies and other chemicals.
It’s best to use wooden or brick shelves or to keep the wine in crates. Avoid storing on cement floors and keep the wine bottle on its side for storage, especially if the bottle has a cork and not a twist-off top. This will help prolong its life and taste. It also keeps the cork in contact with the wine, which could otherwise cause it to dry out. It is suggested that the bottle be set at about a 5 percent inclination. Refrain from storing the wine bottles where there is movement.
The bigger the wine bottle, the longer it takes for the wine to age. If you are trying to age and store wine, it is important to follow the necessary steps.