Home Storage Tips: Wine Edition
Whether you are an oenophile (aka, big wine connoisseur) or you are just saving a few bottles for special occasions (ahem, working from home during COVID qualifies as special for some of us...LOL), it’s important to understand how best to store them safely until you’re ready to imbibe your adult libations. Check out a few tips below...
For unopened bottles, storing at the correct temperature is essential to ensure each bottle maintains the proper robust flavors and aromas. Though you may serve certain types chilled or room temperature, storing your reds, whites, and sparkling wines at 53°F - 57°F is the most ideal preservation. (This is why fancy people have "wine cellars" to keep everything evenly chilled--something we don't see too often in Texas.) Keeping your bottles in a room where the temperature is much warmer than that, may cause the flavor to become flat. Keep your wine in the dark and away from direct UV rays as much as you can to protect the wine’s flavor. (ie, wine cooler, or the dark hidey spots in your pantry).
Controlling the humidity in the room is important... if you plan to store bottles for more than a couple of years (you know, for those real connoisseurs). The ideal humidity for wine storage is between 50-75 % and anything below that could cause the corks to dry out, which lets air seep into the bottle and change the flavors and aroma.
Generally, it is advised to store wine bottles on their sides. This allows the wine to stay up against the cork which should aid in keeping it from drying out. However, if you don’t plan to store the wine for long or if the bottle has a screw top or plastic cork, this is not required for safe storage (#boxedwine).
Not all wine is designed to have a long shelf life or be aged. Make sure you know what the winemaker’s intention was for that particular bottle. It is always better to open it a little early and enjoy it. Salud!