How to Store Wine at Home
Tasting great wine is one of the few luxuries in life that everyone should be able to enjoy, but storing wine domestically is often a difficult task.
There are a number of ways to store wine but they can often be simplified to just two categories – the right way and the wrong way. Each wine is different and has its own character with separate needs. Unless you are blessed with a cool basement where you can install wine racks, you must be prudent about where to store your bottles.
Where to Store Wine
When looking for a place to store your bottles of wine you will need to take two key factors into consideration; does the temperature get hot? And is there sunlight?
Ideally, you want to store wine in a cool, dry place that is exposed to minimal sunlight as this can affect the quality of the wine. These elements rule out rooms such as the kitchen, boiler room or laundry room.
A spare closet or storage room is an ideal place to store wine, as long as the temperature remains consistently cool. Of course, not all bottles are the same shape or size, although 750ml bottles are the standard if you are purchasing from a supermarket.
If enough space is available, a large wine rack to store your bottles could be the perfect solution if you consider yourself to be a collector. This can be made to fit into a storage cupboard, or to sit in your living room where the temperature can be controlled via the thermostat.
Although wine racks are designed to keep bottles in small dark holes, avoid placing in direct view of a window.
Not everyone has extra storage space available, especially if you are living in a block of flats. You will have to get a little bit inventive on how to store your wine collection.
Investing in a wine cooler is a popular option amongst those who simply haven’t the space to install a wine rack or place in a cupboard. Depending on the size and type you purchase, there can be somewhat pricey options but are far better than the fridge, where it is recommended that you only store if you are planning to drink it within three-five days.
Most wine racks separate bottle into their own sections, this is to reduce the movement of the wine – i.e. you don’t have to pick up one bottle to get to another. Dependent on the type of wine you are storing, even the slightest of vibrations can upset the flavour.
Most fridges are vibration heavy, and that’s before the opening and closing of the door, which will also expose the bottle to sunlight.
Serving in the Correct Glass
It is one thing to store the wine, but what is the point in taking all of the precautions if you are going to ruin it at the last stage? Serving your wine properly is an art in itself and must be refined based on the type of wine.
1986 saw a line of new wine glasses produced by 10th generation Austrian glassmaker Georg Riedel produced – this was called the Vinum line and from that point on, the wine game was changed forever. Riedel hosted tasting sessions to prove that different wines tasted better in different glasses, and he was right and was awarded the Decanter Man of The Year 10 years later for his contribution.
From then wine lovers have known the importance of picking the correct glass to complement each individual wine’s taste and texture. Red wines should be served in larger bowled glasses while wines are served in smaller bowls.
When it comes to the storage and serving of wine at home, consider your limitations as good wine must be cared for in the proper manner, rather than unceremoniously left in the fridge for weeks on end and poured into the first glass you can find.
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