May 25, 2016
There are actually some facts that should be taken into consideration when storing wine.
The first thing to remember is to make sure your wine is kept at a cool temperature. Wine ages at a faster rate, which for wine is not the optimum rate, when kept at temperatures higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The best temperature to keep wine stored is at 55 degrees Fahrenheit, although keeping it between 45 – 65 should be fine. Granted, you should take caution in making sure not to store wine in temperatures too cold either. With a temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit or less, the lack of moisture can dry out the cork and allow air to come into the bottle. This then leads to contaminated wine.
A second thing to remember is wine does not fair well with the sun’s UV rays. Now, don’t go rushing out to the store to get some sunblock for your wine bottles! When the UV rays hit wine, it can prematurely age the contents of the bottle. Hence, the reason we have the dark bottles for red wines since red wine is most sensitive to the sun’s rays.
Store wine bottles laying on their sides is best so the cork does not dry out, which will lead to air entering the cork to allow the wine to become contaminated.