How to Properly Store Wine

How to Properly Store Wine

If you have bought a bottle or two or more of some good quality wine, you will probably want to store it for the long term, to be used only on special occasions. Just follow the simple instructions given below to easily store your wine without it going bad.

1. Before you open the bottle

Before you open the bottle for the first time, you should store it in a dark and cool place that is away from direct sunlight or any other artificial source of light. To prevent the UV rays of the sun or of other light sources rays from making the wine smell bad, you should store it in a dark place. Also, when you are buying the bottle, give more priority to those bottles that are stored inside a box or you can wrap it in a cloth if you can’t store it in a dark place.

The wine bottles that have corks in them should be stored horizontally, on their side. This is because if they’re upright and vertical, the corks will eventually dry out and air will start to seep into the bottle, decreasing the quality of taste and smell of the wine.

The place where you store the bottle(s) should also have a constant and steady room temperature. Drastic changes in temperature can also decrease the quality of the wine. Know that you should store the wine in a place where the temperature does not go above 75 degrees Fahrenheit or 24 degrees Celsius.
Once you have stored the wine in a dark and room temperature place, avoid moving or shifting it afterwards. Let it stay stored there until you need to take it out for a special occasion.

2. After the bottle has been opened

Once you have opened any of the wine bottles that you stored as mentioned in the previous step, then you need to take more care when storing opened bottles in order to maintain their high quality and prevent it from going bad. A good start would be to keep opened bottles of wine in a wine cellar. Since most of us don’t have a wine cellar, you can store it in a dark corner of a closet instead.

The main thing to keep in mind is to minimize the exposure to air that the wine gets. That is why you should re-cork the bottle firmly, so that no air can get in.

You can also store opened wine bottles in your refrigerator, but it will lose its good taste after four to five days.
Some types of wines, such as Desert wines and similar wines are made in such a way that they don’t lose their quality taste after being opened for a few days at least. You can store these opened bottles out in the open for longer than 4 to 5 days, without any degradation in quality.

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