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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.

Storage Considerations
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 bottle.Maintain 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.

Wine Cellars
The 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.

Inventory Tracking
If 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 software.

How Long to Store Wine?
No 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.