Wine Storage Suggestions
Wine was traditionally stored underground in french châteaux. But if you dont live in a château, there are still ways you can store wine, even without a cellar.
Whilst some wine scientists believe that music can affect wine, we can be sure that temperature fluctuations change the structure and character of wine over time. In fact, if the wine is over-chilled, the aging process can actually slow down, changing its aroma and flavour. Storing and serving wine at its ambient temperature ensures these risks are minimised.
An average temperature of 10-15˚C is fine for long-term storage. But it’s ideal to store wine that you expect to drink in the near future at the following temperatures:
Red wine between 12-19˚C
White wine between 8-12˚C
Sparkling wine 5-8˚C
Avoid temperatures over 25˚C as this risks ‘cooking’ the wine.
Tips & Tricks
- Ideally wine should be kepy in dedicated wine fridges. A good wine fridge will have different zones for reds, whites and sparkling wine.
- A cool cellar or a lightly air-conditioned room can also ensure a consistent temperature.
- Avoid temperature shocks like the plague – rapid changes from cool conditions to warm conditions can damage wine. For example, don’t store wine next to a radiator.
- Don’t allow direct sunlight or fluorescent lighting to reach wine bottles. Shaded wine is less likely to spoil.
- Don’t remove and replace a chilled bottle of wine too often. Temperature fluctuations will eventually break the wine down.
- Store wine bottles horizontally not vertically as it prevents the cork from drying out and stops air getting into the bottle.