Fine wine is expensive and relatively fragile, being susceptible to poor storage conditions; despite this, there is little information available on how best to store and age wine. Here we explore all the options on how to best keep your wine.
It is best to store wine in a dark, cool place with minimal temperature fluctuations, no vibrations or powerful odours. Sparkling wines and screwcap bottles can be stored upright. Otherwise, bottles should be kept on their side in a fairly humid environment. This stops air from entering and keeps the cork moist. Most cheaper wines are intended to be drunk by a year after purchase or in the case of reds two years. In the average home either a suitable cupboard or under the stairs will be perfectly sufficient.
Try not to keep wine in the kitchen as the strong scents, vibrations and varying temperatures can have a negative effect on the wine.
For long term storage you can buy a special wine fridge which will keep your bottles in perfect conditions for years.
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