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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
Pinot Noir: 58-63ºF
Port – Tawny: 50-55ºF
Port – Vintage: 62-67ºF
Zinfandel Red: 62-67ºF
Bordeaux: White 50-54ºF
Chenin Blanc: 43-48ºF
Pinot Gris: 45-50ºF
Sauvignon Blanc: 50-54ºF
Dessert Wines: 45-50ºF
Sparkling Wines: 45-50ºF
When the humidity is too low, you risk a dried out cork. If it is too high, mold or mildew may grow.
Store Wine HorizontallyStoring wine horizontally, prevents the cork from drying out and breaking into the wine.
Store Wine at the Right TemperatureThe 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.
Not Too Cold, Not Too HotTemperatures 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 RefrigeratorA 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 CellarWine refrigerator are specifically designed to store wine at the right temperature with little variation.
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.