Have a few bottles of wine at home that you plan to drink at a later date? Storing wines can seem easy enough, but there’s some science to it. Vino is here to give you some pointers on how to store wine at home.
Keep it cool, but not too cool
The ideal temperature to store wine is between 45°F and 65°F, although 55°F is often cited as the closest to perfection you’ll get. Heat is enemy number one when it comes to wine. If your wine is stored at 70°F, the high temperature will age your wine quickly, but not gracefully. The taste does not turn out the same as it would when a wine is properly aged. You also don’t want your wine stored in a place below 45°F. Average refrigerators are below 45°F to safely store perishable foods. The lack of moisture can dry out corks, which might allow air to seep in and damage the wine.
Light, especially sunlight, can pose a problem for your wine. The UV rays from the sun can degrade and prematurely age your wine. That’s why many wines come in colored bottles, they act like sunglasses for your vino. Average lightbulbs of any sort won’t damage the wine itself but can fade the labels out.
This is especially true for bottles with corks. Keeping wine on its side helps the cork stay moist, which is what you want for long-term storage. When a cork is dried out, it can cause air seepage and premature aging. This process isn’t necessary for screw-top wines, but horizontal storage is an efficient way to store wines. It’s also just a nicer way to store wines, and we know our Coterie is about the aesthetic as well as the taste.
Suggestions on where to store
Most homes in Texas are not blessed with a cool basement that can double as a cellar. If you are one of the lucky ones, the basement is the way to go. If not, you can improvise with simple racks and a safe space. By safe space, we mean a location not directly lit by sunlight. You can also purchase a wine fridge and keep it in a cool place, so it won’t have to work so hard.
We hope these tips will help you with storing your precious wine. Whether you’re opening a bottle of something new from your current Vino Coterie Membership or a stand-alone bottle from our shop you’re now equipped with knowledge to protect your wine.