Storing Wine Properly
If you have a good deal of money invested in wine, you should be
certain that it is stored properly. The wines you plan to drink
within a year are best stored in a cool place, at about 65 degrees
Fahrenheit or less. Be sure you always store bottles horizontally
and away from sunlight or artificial light containing UV.
If you are planning
to age your wine, the recommended temperature is a constant 55 degrees
Fahrenheit, if possible. A slight fluctuation is not crucial. However,
ensure that the temperature does not exceed 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
The heat would cause the wine to expand and push the cork out of
the humidity at about 60 percent. Also avoid vibrations. It is very
important that the bottles are stored horizontally to prevent the
cork from drying out and from shrinking.
perfect place to store wine is in a cellar, if you are lucky enough
to have one. Great alternatives include either a cool closet, a
temperature-controlled wine closet, or a wine-cellar-style refrigerator. The storage
medium you use will depend on the available space you have. Start
with storing your wine in the original wine case. Always store the
case either on its side or upside down. If you have
a large closet or cellar, consult books on how to construct an efficient
storage space to organize and store your wine collection. If you
have the budget, have a custom wine cellar built.
you have a fairly large wine collection, be make use of a good inventory
system to properly track the wines you are collecting. You can devise
your own tracking system by keeping inventory lists, or use inventory-tracking
Long to Store Wine?
one can absolutely guarantee which wines should be aged and for
how long. Certain wines should be drunk young; others improve with
age and can be kept, if stored properly, for as long as 50 to 60
years. Most light-bodied reds with low tannin, as well as most whites
and roses, are best when drunk young. In general, whites do not
have the long shelf life of many reds. Some whites with high acidity,
which acts as a preservative, as tannin does in reds, can be aged
as long as some reds.