By Haley Conklin
So you just bought a bottle of wine that you want to save for a special occasion. What do you do with it now? The real question should be “How do I make sure that my wine stays safe until I’m ready to drink it?”.
If you spent a decent amount of money on a wine you want to make sure that your investment matures in the right environment. If you don’t properly take care of your wine it can essentially ruin it.
Can you imagine how you would feel if you opened up a bottle of what was supposed to be white wine only to see a brownish color? It is very important to correctly store wines so that you don’t have this problem when you go to drink that leftover wine from the holidays.
Temperature is extremely important when it comes to storing your wine. Make sure that you find a place in your home that does not fluctuate in temperature. You want a place that has a stable temperature with just the right amount of humidity. Not too cold, nor too hot. The average temperature for wine storage is any where between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Many wine lovers choose to buy a wine cooler to keep safe their most precious wines. While this is a great idea for a couple months, if you plan to store your wine for a longer period of time this isn’t the best idea. After longer than a few months the lack of moisture in a chilled space could cause the cork to dry out, therefore damaging the wine.
When it comes to storage and the amount of lighting it is best to keep your wine in a darker area to avoid UV and sunlight from damaging your wine. Regular house light bulbs might not be as damaging to the wine itself, but it could pose a problem for the coloring of the label.
Many wine enthusiasts store their wine of the side so that the corks maintain moisture. This concept is true for those who store their wines over a long period of time. However, if you are planning to drink your wine within a few weeks or even months this isn’t as important. If your wine has an alternative seal such as a screw cap or plastic corks you do not have to worry about storing your wine on the side.
When you are looking for ways of how to store red wine and white wine there are a few differences, but ultimately for either kind it is important to store it properly.