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Chances are if you are getting into wine or have joined a wine club, you are starting to grow a bit of a wine collection. Congrats! One thing I get asked about wine a lot is – How should I store my wine? It’s a great question and one that has an array of answers, as with most things concerning wine.
A few things to note about wine:
Here are our best practices:
Storing Wine in the Fridge – And by this I mean your regular food fridge. This is okay for the short-term. Over time the lack of moisture could dry out a wine closed with a cork therefore leading to oxidation. That being said, I’m a big fan of having a Chardonnay chilled in the fridge, you know, just in case. If that is you too then you should plan on enjoying that wine within a month or two. Honestly, who can keep a chilled wine in their fridge over a week and not drink it?
Store Corked Wine on it’s Side – Wines that are closed with a natural cork should be kept on their side for long-term storage. This keeps the cork from shrinking, causing the wine to… oxidize, this is seeming like a trend.
Store in a Cool, Dark Place – You want to hide away your wine, especially your wines you are saving for a special occasion. This both helps protect the wine from that scary word – oxidation and it keeps you from drinking it before you intended to. They say to keep your wine between 45 and 65 degrees and that is where a wine fridge comes in because I don’t know anyone that keeps their house that cold. You should be okay if your wine stays in the upper 60’s to low 70’s in a cabinet or closet that stays at a fairly consistent temperature.
And just for fun, here are some wine storage scenarios that make us cringe.
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