That favourite bottle of red, rosé or even white you have just sat there collecting dust unloved isn’t getting its true value of worth and taste.
The importance of wine storage is often overlooked by fellow wine enthusiasts, without that proper high-quality storage that bottle you are saving for a special occasion will be slowly losing it’s best flavour or even worse spoil.
We don’t want that to happen, do we? After all, you have spent your hard-earned money on this bottle and it’s your treat to enjoy.
So we have teamed up with wine storage experts Elite Wine Refrigeration, to bring you the complete guide to wine storage.
Following this guide will take your wine drinking experience to the next level and impress your guests to no ends with your wine picking abilities.
You might think “there are so many different types of wine, won’t they all need different temperatures?”
Although that is correct for wine serving temperatures. It is not the cause for wine storage temperatures.
No matter what colour the wine is, the range of temperature should be (7°-18°C) but 12.8°C is often seen as the perfect temperature amongst wine experts.
If your bottle is too hot your wine will be what we call ‘cooked’ this will result in flat aromas and flavours completely ruining the bottle forever.
It is essential to be consistent with making sure the temperature is correct. If not, the body and taste of the wine can be drastically reduced ruining the bottle’s taste and its value.
Just as important as the storage temperature, we need to make sure the humidity levels are correct and consistent.
This is not only for keeping the wine fresh but making sure your corks are kept in mint condition.
Too much dryness can shrink your cork, letting in excess oxygen destroy your wine meaning there’s a great chance your wine will likely go off or massively reduce in quality.
Like the temperature, it doesn’t matter what colour the wine is.
Humidity must be kept between 55-80% with 70% being the perfect level for ageing wines for long periods of time.
Make sure not to exceed 80% as mold is likely to thrive in this sort of environment, you don’t want that first sip after a long day to be an unfriendly welcoming taste.
Don’t Go Towards The Light
Too much UV light will result in damaging effects on your bottle of wine.
You may believe that the bottle will protect the wine but that is unfortunately untrue if there is too much UV light on the bottle it can penetrate through.
You will notice this when there is discolouration on both the bottle and the wine.
Due to its natural chemicals, too much UV light can make your wine go off. When stored correctly over time it can result in wine increasing in tastes and value.
Get Rid Of Unwelcoming Odour
Lingering bad odours can enter and damage your wine.
Be very wary of keeping products in old places as moisture has mostly likely entered.
There is a high chance of mold being grown. This will damage the taste and smell of the bottle due to the mold’s odour.
Wine is often found to be kept inside the kitchen, avoid this mistake as kitchens are full of contamination from cleaning products.
Make sure you are keeping on top of your wine storage to avoid this from happening.
Your surrounding vibrations could be influencing layers in your bottles and disturbing the precious ageing process.
We understand your household has vibrations everywhere every minute like if you're a parent reading this your child is probably running around right now!
Don’t worry too much about this. Just make sure to avoid unneeded movement of your wine, I know it can be very tempting to whip it out and show it off to your friends but try to resist the urge. For the best results, keep your wine rested and tucked away.
Keep Bottles On The Side
The last tip and quite possibly the easiest tip on the guide but a golden rule nonetheless is keeping your wine bottles with corks on its side.
This helps keep the cork moist which is ideal for long-term storage, as a dried-out cork can cause premature ageing and seepage.
Another bonus is that it’s a very efficient and effective way to store your wines for easy access and maximum space.
Enjoying Your Perfectly Stored Wine
Most of the wine purchases in the world are very-short term and for a cosy Friday night in.
But if you have bought an expensive bottle of red, you’d like to keep fresh and tastes perfect for when the right occasion arises.
Make sure you are following these tips by our friends at Elite Wine Refrigeration and you’ll have the perfect bottle ready to crack open once you’ve found that ideal storage space.
A quick summary of the complete guide to wine storage:
● Make sure the temperature is 12.8°C
● Storing it in a humidity level of 50-80%
● Control excessive UV light on the bottle
● Get rid of unwelcoming odours that can spoil your wine
● Try to keep control of vibrations in your household
● Keep your bottles on the side for the cork
If you are a wine devotee and would like to increase your experience from house storage, a built-in wine cooler is a highly recommended investment to further improve the quality of your bottle.