The wine is known for its unique and delicate taste. Even while you keep it in the bottle, missing out on even the little precautions can change your delicious wine into plain vinegar, leaving you with all disappointments.
Since it is the oxygen that spoils your expensive wines, the key to keep them fresh and luscious lies in how well you reduce the amount of oxygen touching the surface once you open it. Once you learn the right way to store your wine, you can prolong its shelf life and enjoy its rich taste for days and even weeks to come.
Here are few tips to help you store your precious wine bottle at home without having to compromise on its taste ever –
- Keep it Chilled
Hot or fluctuating temperatures are the biggest enemies of good bottled wine. The warmer the surroundings, the quicker the wine will age. Even the room temperatures are at times not good enough to store your wine and make it go bad soon. Hence, you need to keep the wine chilled out at all times to slow down the chemical processes and the oxidation in the wine.
However, don’t keep it too cold or else you will make it more complex. Maintain just the right temperature (around 50 to 58 degrees Fahrenheit) to have its aroma and flavor intact. Investing in a good wine cooling unit is a smart way to do it.
- Store it at a Safe and Convenient Wine Rack Corner
While trying to take a precautious move of storing your wine up above your closet, it may get highly inconvenient to access it, especially when you have sudden guests or friends visiting your home. Wine is a great conversation starter, and storing it at a place that is not accessible is a big let-down.
So, whether your wine bottle is opened or closed, you better keep it at a place where it is effortless to reach out and get served from. Never store it on top of refrigerators, attics, hot garages, or the cabinet above the washing machine as it affects the taste and aging process of your wine.
- Pay Attention to Humidity
A good wine stays good when it is stored at an ideal humidity level (which is 70 percent). Excess moisture in the air can promote mold growth on the sealed bottles and insufficient humidity can dry out the corks further causing wines to oxidize.
Anywhere between 50 to 80 percent humidity level is considered suitable for the wines. So, if you are living in an area that doesn’t suffice the moisture needs for safe storage of wines, you better install a humidifier or place a bowl filled with water in the corner of your room to fix the problem. Just don’t forget to refill them from time to time.