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How to Properly Store Wine

Properly storing wine brings out the best flavor and fragrance of wine. There are three key factors that affect wine: temperature, humidity, and light. Temperature is our main concern when storing wine. The temperature at which wine is served has a significant effect on its taste, which is why we recommend tested, tried, and true wine refrigeration. Recommended temperatures for best serving wine are:


Beaujolais: 54-59 ºF

Bordeaux: Red 62-67 ºF

Cabernet Sauvignon: 62-67ºF

Chianti: 58-63ºF

Merlot: 58-63ºF

Pinot Noir: 58-63ºF

Rioja: 59-68ºF

Port – Tawny: 50-55ºF

Port – Vintage: 62-67ºF

Syrah: 59-68ºF

Zinfandel Red: 62-67ºF


Bordeaux: White 50-54ºF

Chardonnay: 45-50ºF

Chenin Blanc: 43-48ºF

Gewurztraminer: 48-50ºF

Pinot Gris: 45-50ºF

Sauvignon Blanc: 50-54ºF


Champagne: 40-44ºF

Dessert Wines: 45-50ºF

Rosé: 40-44ºF

Sparkling Wines: 45-50ºF

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Humidity Protection

When the humidity is too low, you risk a dried out cork. If it is too high, mold or mildew may grow.

Store Wine Horizontally

Storing wine horizontally, prevents the cork from drying out and breaking into the wine.

Store Wine at the Right Temperature

The warmer the air, the more moisture it holds. Not happy with your current storage results? Consider opting for a Wine Cellar. Wine cellars are designed to maintain stable temperature optimal for wine to store and aging.

Temperature Stability

Not Too Cold, Not Too Hot

Temperatures higher than 70º F ages the wine prematurely and “cooks” the wine, ruining its flavors and aromas. Extremely cold temperatures, 22°F or lower, can thicken the wine into slush. White wines lose their fruit aromas,and red wine will change texture when exposed to colder than optimal temperatures.

Downsides of Multipurpose Refrigerator

A standard kitchen refrigerator is typically opened and closed dozens of times throughout any given day. Each time the door is opened, the interior is exposed to room temperature, causing temperature fluctuations within the refrigerator. The compressor works to compensate the difference, and causes refrigerator to shake. These fluctuations and vibrations work against your wine and cork.

Benefits of Wine Cellar

Wine refrigerator are specifically designed to store wine at the right temperature with little variation.
Tint Options

Protection from Light

Did you ever wonder why wine come in a colored glass bottle?

The main reason is to prevent sunlight from directly hitting and oxidizing the wine. Too much oxidation ruins the structure of the wine.

Wine Cellar Doors

Wine cellar doors are optimized to filter out unwanted UV rays. The solid door or a tinted glass finish acts as an effective filter.

Custom Tinting

Summit offers custom glass door tints to refrigerators. Click here to learn more about Summit Glass Door Tints.

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