How to Store Wine


When it comes to eating at home, buying the right wine in the first place is only part of achieving vinous nirvana; you need to treat your new purchase right if you’re to get the most out of it.

OK, if you’re planning to drink a wine within a week of purchase, then short of storing it in the oven or the freezer it doesn’t matter much where you keep it. But any longer than that and it helps to bear the following in mind. Trust me, you’ll save yourself a lot of ruined bottles.

Where to store it

Basically, wine likes the sort of conditions that humans don’t; cool, humid and dark. The ideal temperature is about IO°C (50°F). If you have a cellar, perfect. If not, find a place that ticks as many of the boxes as possible.

But (and it’s a big but) just bear in mind that big temperature swings are an absolute no-no. So storing it in the garage or under the eaves of the house is out. Better to find somewhere that’s dark and a bit too warm but constant — maybe a hallway or under the stairs where it’s a steady I5°C (6o°F) – than somewhere the temperature fluctuates wildly.

How to store it

In a word: horizontally. The lapping of the wine stops the cork from drying out.

How long to store it for

This depends on two things: the environment and the wine itself. The warmer it is, the faster a wine ages, so a bottle that might last a couple of years in a cellar will probably be shot after six months in your sitting room.

Then there’s the question of whether your wine will improve with age, even if it’s well kept. Most modern wines (both reds and whites) are ready for drinking straight away and are likely to deteriorate, rather than improve, with time. So if in doubt, pull the cork!

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About the Author: Leona Kesler is a head-chef at a very popular food restaurant in New York. Also she is a blogger who shares her experiences, tips, and other informative details about food and cooking. Her recipes are featured on many magazines.

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