Like everything else in this world, there is a right way and a not-so-right way to do things. In this case, we’re talking about how to properly store wine bottles. And just to be clear, we’re referencing wine bottles that are still full.
Top Ten Wine Storage Tips
- Store bottles on their side — This keeps natural cork moist which helps maintain an airtight seal.
- Avoid storing bottles upside down in their packing cases — Sediment can collect on the corks
- Reduce extended exposure to bright light (e.g. fluorescent lighting)
- Keep wine bottles out of direct sunlight — Bright light can “numb and dumb” the taste
- Store wine bottles low to the ground or in a cabinet — Again, helps keep them cool and away from light
- Keep bottle temperature stable — Ideal wine-storage temperatures; White Wine: 45 F, Red Wine: 55 F
- Avoid storing bottles in pockets of high heat — Next to dishwasher, stove, etc.
- Never store wine bottles on top of the refrigerator
- Re-cork opened (unfinished) bottles of wine — Make sure the same end of the cork goes back in the bottle
You can use the original cork or a reusable rubber stopper (my preference)
- Refrigerate pre-opened wine — White wine can stay fresh for about three days, Red wine should be finished in a day or two
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