Quite often you buy wine that you do not intent to consume right away especially when you are stocking up for your birthday party or chama meeting which is a few weeks or even months away. Which begs the question: How do you store your tipple?
Here are a few guidelines that could help you keep your wine safe until youâ€™re ready to toast for your party:
- Direct sunlight is not good
Direct sunlight easily gives your wine an unpleasant smell. It is therefore wise to store your wine away from direct sunâ€™s rays. If you are unable to keep your bottle away from light, wrap it by cloth and put it in a cool, dark place.
- Love Things Sideways
When wine is kept upright for long, the corks usually dry out, and spoil the content by exposing it to air. Horizontal racking not only saves on space, but also canâ€™t contaminate your wines.
- Keep it Cool
Your cellar should maintain an average temperature of 24ÂºC. If your store suffers wide temperature swings, the wine runs the risk of premature aging due to over-breathing. Quite often, temperature fluctuations affect red wines more than the white wines. On average, the temperatures should not swing beyond 1.6ÂºC in a day and 2.5ÂºC in a year.
- Do not Shake the Bottles
When you are picking a bottle say to drink, you donâ€™t have to move the other bottles in your cellar. Equally, heavy traffic, vibration from generators and other machines negatively affects the quality of the stored wine.
- Isolate Your Wine
You should keep your wine away from anything that releases a strong smell as this can affect it by permeating through the cork. Always go for a well ventilated room to store your wine.
- Donâ€™t Sweat the Humidity
Most wines do well with a humidity level of 70 percent which helps prevent the corks from drying out thus preventing air from contaminating the contents.
Various flavors of wines usually come out well at different temperatures. Here is a simple guide:
- Dry White wines (8-14 ÂºC)
- Champagne and Sparkling Wines (6-8 ÂºC)
- Light Red Wines (13 ÂºC)
- Deep Red Wines (15-19 ÂºC)
- Store white wine in a closet. This only keeps the wine fresh for about three to five days. To keep it well, cork it tightly to minimize exposure to air even as you keep it away from direct light and heat.
- For Red Wines, you can keep them out of the cellar but in a dark place to keep it safe for days.