Although one may think that storing wine is easy, one may want to think again. This blog aims to provide informative information regarding common mistakes to avoid when storing wine, what to keep in mind, places to store wine, and the ideal temperatures to have your wine stored. Furthermore, if you are an advent lover of red wine, consider purchasing a red wine storage cabinet. Of course, if you prefer more sparkling wine, you can also store those in a wine storage cabinet as you can adjust the temperature settings.
If you are new to the wine world and are looking to start your wine collection, here are a few common mistakes to avoid when storing your wine. Firstly make sure your environment is unbothered. Wine likes to relax and age. Therefore one should avoid having flashing lights or changing temperature levels as this causes your wine to become unsettled and bothered. Secondly, you want to store your wine somewhere with no vibrations. Vibrations can alter your wine by re-integrating sediment into your wine, which you don’t want, or it can change the flavors and components in your wine. Lastly, when storing your wine, make sure it is lying down. If you store your wine upright, the cork will dry out, and oxidization will occur.
When storing your wine, you want to ensure that the temperature is the correct level for your specified wine, as different wines need different temperatures when storing. Furthermore, fluctuating temperatures are one of the biggest threats. Secondly, do not store your wine in the fridge for an extended period. While this can be an ideal place to keep it for a few weeks, it should only be a temporary storage place. Lastly, keep your wine in the dark. This is especially relevant to white wines, as constant exposure to the sunlight can alter the components and flavors over time.
If you do not have dedicated storage space for your wine, you can store your wine in different areas in your home. However, it is essential to note to preferably not store it in your kitchen as this can often be the warmest area in your home. Therefore, if you have a basement or garage that is not too humid, one can store their wine there. Additionally, if you have extra cupboard space in the hallways, one can store their wine there. Lastly, you could store your wine in crates or boxes and put them under furniture or in a dark room.
The temperature at which you store your wine is one of the most crucial components in ensuring your wine keeps for an extended period. While some may think that wine, in general, can be stored at one temperature, this is not the case. Therefore, a full-bodied red needs a temperature between 17°C and 19°C to be preserved for an extended period. Moreover, a temperature between 12°C and 16°C is ideal for light-to-medium-bodied reds. In addition, dry whites such as Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Italian Whites, Chenin Blanc, and more will need a temperature of 8°C to 12°C. Lastly, a temperature of 5°C to 8°C is perfect for any sparkling or sweet wine.
The process of storing your wine is essential when preserving it and allowing it to age. To help aid the wine, ensure it is stored at the correct temperature, with no vibrations, lying vertically in a dark room.