“A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover” - Clifton Fadiman
While you might not necessarily be a miser, if you aren’t storing your wine correctly there is every chance that you are destroying every bottle worth drinking in your wine rack. Wine is a particularly fickle drink that requires adequate caution and precaution to retain the flavour and taste we know and love.
Henceforth, it is imperative for wine lovers to learn in depth knowledge of how to store their wine correctly. Luckily for you, we’ve done a lot of research into the matter and have compiled the best hacks and tips to help you manage the task at hand.
Take Out the Lights
Direct sunlight can ruin your wine. By ‘ruin’, we mean that the wine would prematurely age and could even have diminished in flavour entirely, which is the last thing you want. Experts suggest that you store your wine in a cold dark place; somewhere like a dark, dry cupboard or in the furthest corner of your kitchen, far away from direct heat.
Too Hot Too Cold
Ideally, your wine should be stored in a place that has a fairly consistent temperature, fluctuating between 10 and 20 °C. So, in addition to making sure that your collection is stored in a dark and warm place, you need to ensure that the climate is just right for it, too. Try not to refrigerate your wine unless you plan to consume within the next week.
Position the Bottles Right
With the exception of bottles of sparkling wine and Champagne, it is always better to store wine bottles on their side. Keeping them upright can cause the corks to dry out, whereas bottles that are placed on their sides retain contact with the liquid, keeping corks moist and fit for purpose.
As for the sparkling wine, you should keep the bubbles up by making the bottles stand on your wine rack.
Wine Rack Storage Hacks
You don’t always need a dedicated cellar to keep your wine tasting as good as ever - and even better as it ages. From the simple stacking units to the more contemporary wine rack designs to match the modern look of your homes, there are lots of storage options available to you. We can even help you organise your collection, too.
Wall mounted wine racks work well for those with tight spaces, as they are super light and available in a wide range of materials.
In case you’re looking for something sleeker in design, you could explore the option of metal wine racks. They come in a myriad of different styles to suit your taste.
However, it is important to remember that the right placement of your collection is just as important as choosing a wine rack itself.
By following these tips, you should be right on track in keeping your wine from spoiling, allowing you to enjoy your favourites for years to come.