Taking care of the goods

Taking care of the goods

By Kristin Olszewski

Wine is a delicate beverage that requires proper care to keep it perfect (does it sound like we're talking about a puppy here?!). Whether you're a casual wine enthusiast or an avid collector, understanding how to properly store wine is crucial. Here’s a comprehensive guide to keeping your wine at its best.

Understanding Wine Storage Basics

Proper wine storage involves managing several key factors to ensure your wine ages gracefully and remains enjoyable.

  • Temperature: The ideal storage temperature is between 45°F and 65°F (7°C and 18°C), with the sweet spot around 55°F (13°C)..

  • Light: Keep wine away from direct sunlight and fluorescent lighting, as UV rays can degrade wine and cause it to age prematurely.

  • Vibration: Avoid excessive vibration, as it can disturb the wine’s sediment and alter its aging process.

Choosing the Right Storage Location

1. Wine Cellar or Wine Fridge:

  • If you have a dedicated wine cellar or wine fridge, you’re well-equipped for long-term storage. Wine fridges offer temperature and humidity control, essential for aging wines.

2. Closet or Basement:

  • For smaller collections, a cool closet or basement can serve as a makeshift cellar. Ensure the space is free of vibrations and not subject to temperature fluctuations.

3. Kitchen or Dining Room Cabinet:

  • Avoid storing wine in cabinets above the stove or fridge due to heat exposure. Opt for lower cabinets away from direct sunlight.

Storing Wine by Type

Red Wine:

  • Store red wine at a consistent temperature of 55°F-65°F (13°C-18°C). Reds with higher tannins benefit from longer aging.

White Wine:

  • White wine is best stored at 45°F-55°F (7°C-13°C). Most whites don’t require long aging and are best consumed within a few years.

Sparkling Wine:

  • Sparkling wines should be stored at 45°F-50°F (7°C-10°C) and consumed relatively young.

Proper wine storage is key to preserving your wine's quality and unlocking its full potential. By managing temperature and light exposure, you can ensure your wines age gracefully and are ready to enjoy when the time is right.