How to Properly Store Wine
For those that are new to the great taste of wine and the health benefits wine can provide, or those that have been drinking and savoring wine for years and now want to start collecting and aging wine but don’t know how to properly store that bottle of expensive wine, I will give you tips so you can maintain and improve the taste of your wine. These are some of the factors you need to consider.
Cleanliness and proper ventilation
It is very important that you store your wine in a clean area with plenty of ventilation. Poor ventilation will affect the taste and how the wine ages. A poorly ventilated area with variations in temperature can ruin a great wine. Keep the area clean and dusted, this will keep the label in good condition if you decide to sell the wine at a later date. A poorly cared for label can also affect its resale value.
Be sure the wine is stored in an area away from bright light, it is best to store the wine where light is at a minimum. Light can, over many years can affect the wine’s taste, especially if the wine is exposed to sunlight and the Sun’s ultra violet light. Sunlight can also fade the label.
Storing Wine at the Proper Angle
Always store wine in a horizontal position. This allows the wine to stay in contact with the cork and keep the cork from drying out and shrinking thereby allowing air into the bottle and ruining the wine. If you are buying the wine by the case, remove the wine from the box and store it on a nice wine rack.
Store wine in a vibration free environment. Shaking wine has the potential of speeding up the chemical process of aging. You usually only have to be concerned about this if you are planning to store wines for long periods of time.
A humidity level between 65 and 75% is perfect for storing wine. If you live is a low humidity area, you can leave a pan of water in room or get a humidifier. Humidity that is too low for a long period of time has the potential to dry out the cork and let air into the bottle. If your humidity is higher than 75% on a regular basis, then you might consider a dehumidifier.
The optimum temperature for aging wine is between 50 and 60 degrees, give or take. Optimally 55 F is perfect. A temperature too low can slow down the natural aging process and a temperature too high will speed it up. The temperature should not vary much more than 5F to 10F within the optimal temperature range year around.
The best advice is to try to find a healthy balance with all of the wine storage tips outlined in this article. This will help you maintain your cherished wine and give it the optimum aging storage leading to a wonderful aged wine that you can enjoy, or an investment that will continue to appreciate. Wine storage, like most wine related activities is something that can be learned and implemented.