WINE STORAGE ADVICE
Wine, just like any other food or drink, changes over time. This is why it is important to follow these guidelines when it comes to storing your wines. The important factors are temperature, light, vibration, controlling the air, and the humidity of the wine.
Air spoils wine faster than anything else. It not only cause the wine to lose its freshness, but it also causes the wine to oxidize. This causes premature aging, and eventually the wine will turn into a vinegar. A good cork will prevent this from happening and will keep wine good for years.
All wine has some air to ensure proper aging. It is very important, to keep the cork moist. This prevents more air from getting in the bottle. You should always keep your wine bottles stored horizontally to make sure that your cork stays moist at all times. This will prevent the cork from cracking or shrinking.
Vibration and movement of wine interferes with the aging of the wine, and stirs up sediments. It is recommended not to move the wine bottles around much until they are ready to be consumed.
Bottle size does have a part in storing wine. A larger bottle has a smaller space for air, however when you open a larger bottle, and don’t consume the whole bottle, it is recommended that you transfer it to a smaller bottle.
Proper temperature is a key factor to ensuring your wine stays good while in storage. If a wine is stored to cold, it could cause the cork to shrink, thus letting in air. If the conditions are too warm, then the wine ages faster than it would under proper conditions.
The perfect temperature to store wine is 50-55 degrees farranhait. Any constant temperature withing 40-65 degrees is acceptable. Many people store their wine in cellars to maintain this perfect temperature, but smaller collections can be kept in wine cabinets.
Rapid temperature changes can be devastating to your wine, so it is important to be consistant with the temperature at which your wine is stored to prevent your wine from spoiling.
Light exposure should be kept to a minimum when storing your wine. Some bottles have UV filters, but the light can still pass through into the wines causing a condition called “light struck”. This produces an undesirable aroma. Incandescent bulbs produce a lower risk than florescent bulbs, so try to stick with incandescent.