Proper wine storage is key to preserving the quality and taste of your favourite bottles and preventing it from spoiling. Temperature, humidity, light, and vibration can all affect the flavour and aroma of wine. Here are 5 tips to help you store your wine properly so you can be sure that your wine tastes absolutely perfect the next time you decide to crack open a bottle with a friend (or by yourself!).
Temperature: Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause the cork to expand and contract, allowing air to seep into the bottle, which can spoil the wine. Avoid storing wine in places where temperatures can fluctuate significantly, such as a garage or attic.
Humidity: Wine should be stored in an environment with humidity levels between 50-80%. Too little humidity can dry out the cork, allowing air to enter the bottle, while too much humidity can promote the growth of mould or bacteria. It's important to maintain a proper balance of humidity to ensure the longevity of your wine.
Light: Light, especially UV light, can damage the quality of wine. It can cause the wine to age prematurely, resulting in a loss of flavour and aroma. Store wine in a dark place, away from direct sunlight or artificial light sources. Consider using light-proof shades or curtains to protect your wine from UV rays.
Vibration: Vibration can disturb the sediment in wine and disrupt the aging process. It's important to store wine in a location that is free from vibration. Avoid storing wine near appliances such as washing machines or refrigerators that generate vibrations.
Storage Position: Wine should be stored on its side to keep the cork moist and prevent it from drying out. A dry cork can shrink, allowing air to seep into the bottle, which can spoil the wine. Storing wine bottles horizontally also helps to prevent the sediment from settling at the bottom of the bottle, making it easier to pour and enjoy.
Ensuring proper wine storage is vital for maintaining the quality and taste of your wine. By following these 5 tips, you can ensure that your wine collection remains in optimal condition, ready to be enjoyed at any time. If you really feel like taking care of your wine, explore some of Grand Cru’s most popular wine fridges.
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