Ever purchased some bottles of wine that you were not planning on drinking right away? In reality 95% of the purchased wines are consumed within days of purchase. However, if you are planning on storing them for more than a few months, then good storage conditions will help make sure you get the best out of your wine.
Light and Temperature Fluctuation
When storing wine it is important to keep it out of the direct sun light, heat will age the wine faster, and if the temperature gets too high, your wine might get “cooked,” resulting in “flat” or “dull” tasting wine. Wines in clear glass bottles are even more sensitive to light and will spoil quicker compared to the wines in dark glass bottles.
But don’t keep your wine too cool. Temperature of -4°C and below will freeze your wine; the liquid might expand enough to push out the cork or even crack the glass.
Humidity and Storage Angle
An ideal humidity for storing wine is somewhere between 50 and 80 percent. If the air is too dry the cork will dry out, which in turn will let the air into the bottle and ruin the wine. Too much humidity however, will not pose any threats to the wine, but can damage the label.
Wines in bottles closed with natural cork will benefit from storage on their sides, especially during long-term storage. This way the liquid will be up against the cork and should keep the cork from drying out.
Where to Keep the Bottles?
Your best bet is to find a safe place where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much and too often. Avoid storing them in your kitchen and areas close to your heating unit or in a direct path of the light coming from the window. This way you will make sure that your wines are aging slowly and properly and when you are ready to open that nice bottle of wine you are not left disappointed.