How to Store Fine Red Wine:
You bought that coveted bottle and you’re not going it to drink it yet… so what to do with it?
To begin with, it’s useful to recall that just a small percent of fine wines available on the market gain from long-term aging. Most wines are best enjoyed within some years of discharge. If you’re looking to buy wines to develop, you should consider purchasing professional-grade storage — a completely different ballgame
If you’re still not ready to do that kind of investment, here are some ways craftsmen store their wine on a budget:
Keep the Wine Cool
If you don’t want to hasten the wine’s aging, causing damage, then store it at a temperature lower than 70° F.
If the wine is stored in a warm place, the aromas will become flat and not impressive at all. The temperature you’re looking for is 45° F – 65° F (and 55° F is close to perfect), but this isn’t set in stone. Don’t fret too much if your storage runs a couple of degrees warmer, as long as you’re opening the bottles within some years from the time you acquired them.
Don’t Fridge Them:
It’s not a great thing for the long run, although keeping wines in your household fridge is fine, this appliance’s temp falls well below 45° F to safely store perishable foods, and this will dry the corks, which will contaminate the wine with air, eroding it. Additionally, don’t keep your wine someplace it could freeze (an unheated garage in winter, forgotten for hours in the deep freezer). It could enlarge enough to push the cork out.
Keep the Fine Bottles Away From Varying Temperatures:
More significant than worrying about achieving a perfect 55°F is avoiding the landmines of temperature swings that are extreme, rapid or frequent. On top of cooked flavors, contraction and the expansion of the liquid inside the bottle might push the cork out. Don’t get paranoid about slight temperature fluctuations, although you should always aim towards a homogeneous temperature;
Turn the Lights Off
Mainly sunlight, as it can present a potential problem for long-term storage. The sun ages wine as your elegant red can be degraded prematurely by UV beams. This is one of the reasons vintners use colored glass bottles! – They’re like shades for wine.
Light from household lightbulbs probably won’t damage the wine itself, but can fade your labels in the long run. Incandescent bulbs may not be as dangerous as fluorescent bulbs, which do emit tiny amounts of ultraviolet light.
Don’t Moisturize the Humidity:
Conventional wisdom says that wines should be kept at 70% humidity. The theory goes that dry air will dry out the corks, which would let air in to spoil the wine. Yes, this does happen, but it likely won’t happen to you if you don’t live in a desert or in arctic conditions.
Everywhere between 50% and 80% humidity is considered safe, and by placing a pan of water in your storage area, states can be improved. Conversely, incredibly damp conditions can promote mold. This won’t impact wine that is correctly sealed but can damage the labels. That can be fixed by a dehumidifier.
Place your Wine Bottles Sideways:
Flat racking is a space efficient way to keep your bottles, and it definitely can’t harm your wines.
Wine Shouldn’t Be Shaken:
You can find theories that by shaking you could cause chemical reactions with the potential to damage the wine in the long-term. Some serious collectors fret about the subtle vibrations brought on by electronic appliances, though there’s little evidence documenting the impacts of this.
Significant shakings might disturb the sediment in older wines and keep them from settling, potentially making them unpleasantly.
However, we don’t think that anything less than subwoofers or living next to a train station can impact wine on a short term storage.
If you haven’t been blessed with a cool, not-too-damp basement that can double as a cellar, you’re able to improvise with some simple racks in a safe location.
Check this post for some cool racks to store your wine on.