When you decide to start collecting and storing wine, you have to think about the ideal conditions in which to do so. If you do not store wine properly, it can end up losing its incredible flavor, thus ruining the excitement of opening wine later on. We have provided a list of key elements for storing wine.
Store in the Ideal Temperature Range
The best temperature range for storing wine is between 45 and 65 degrees. It is said that 55 degrees is the true, ideal temperature. If it is warmer than this, and closer to room temperature, the wine can lose its flavor. If you are storing the wine in a refrigerator, it is best not to keep it there for longer than 2 months, being as the temperature is a bit colder than the ideal temperature range. Having too high a temperature can cause the wine to mature too quickly, and hence spoil the wine’s prime flavor.
With this, also avoid temperature fluctuation. The more the temperature goes back and forth, the more likely the cork will be pushed out, and the more likely the taste of the wine will lose its charm.
Wines need humidity in storage. 70% percent humidity levels are considered ideal for wine storage, as drier air can cause the cork to push out. Remember that if the cork comes out, there is both a mess and spoiled wine.
If there is a basement option that meets these needs that would be an ideal space. Try to avoid kitchens, laundry rooms, and boiler rooms. These spaces have fluctuating temperatures with hot bursts of air that can spoil the quality of your fine.
Darkness is Key
Keeping the wine out of both sunlight and artificial light is the best way to preserve it. Sunlight can age the wine and destroy the flavor. Artificial light can destroy the label on the bottle, and could potentially upset the wine’s flavor over time. Wine needs a very dark space to be stored within.
Store the Bottle Sideways
In order to keep the wine against the cork, to avoid it drying out, wine bottle should be stored on their sides. If the wine bottle has a different method of enclosure, such as a screw cap, then this is an unnecessary storage feature. This method of storage is also most beneficial when mapping out space necessary.
Consider investing in a wine rack. Options exist that are inexpensive, as well as more intricate ones for higher costs. There are different storage options available as well in order to allow proper space and fit in your designated location.
A lack of vibration is helpful to avoid sedimentation within the wine. This is not a proven fact, but it is generally a followed hunch by those collecting and handling wine and wine storage.