In moderation, drinking wine can lead to health benefits for most people. Research shows that people who regularly drink a glass of wine – especially red wine, are more likely to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Wine is not only a living thing, it’s delicate and often has a life of its own. If properly preserved and stored, wine matures graciously to offer one an impeccable taste. Before consumption of wine, plenty of things can go wrong to change your delicious drink into a glass of disappointment. While wine deserves to be enjoyed at its best, it should be handled in pristine conditions to make sure this happens. Here are some dos and don’ts of safely storing wine at home;
- MAINTAIN ACCURATE TEMPERATURES
Temperature fluctuations are wine’s greatest enemy. Avoid subjecting your wine bottles to shifts in temperatures. Warmer storage tends to speed up the ageing process in a pretty dramatic way leading your wine to become “cooked.” In general, the ideal wine preservation temperature should range between 15º and 20º C. The kitchen, therefore, isn’t the best storage space as it tends to be the warmest room in the house. Temperature below the ideal range like in the fridge can dry out the cork causing it to shrink and letting in tiny air. This can allow in bacteria that could degrade the wine. The ideal option for storage is a wine cellar that’s kept at the perfect temperature. Building a wine cellar can be an expensive endeavor, nevertheless, you can take a look at modern furniture online to find some good wine and bar cabinet to do a fine job.
- KEEP AWAY FROM DIRECT SUNLIGHT
Sunshine is great for grapes while at the field, however, this is as far as it goes. After the wine has been bottled, light becomes bad news for the wine. UV light, like that found in sun’s rays, sets off a chemical reaction that causes the wine to age prematurely or changes the flavour for the worse. Keep bottles always stored in a dry and dark place as artificial lighting can cause the labels to fade in case you are saving up the bottle for a future sale.
- WELL VENTILATED
Proper wine storage is a serious business. Wine bottles are best stored in the dark but this doesn’t mean they should be sealed. Ventilation is of paramount importance to lower the chance of dampness and mold. Aeration prevents bad doors that can also contaminate the wine. Also, keep wine away from other strong scents to ensure that it doesn’t get ruined especially if opened. A little humidity is extremely important to the condition of the wine.
- STASH THE BOTTLE PROPERLY
Store wine bottles on their sides in a horizontal position. This allows for the wine to be in direct contact with the cork which prevents it from drying. A dried-out cork can compromise the seal and let in air that can quickly spoil the wine. In case of a screw cap, feel free to store in an upright position. It’s good to note that not all wines are meant to age. Some wines do have an expiration date. While the date may not be indicated on the bottle, it’s best to consume these kinds of wine within a relatively short period.
- DON’T SHAKE
Wine bottles should be kept still and free from vibrations. Frequent movements encourage chemical reactions that can spoil the wine. If one is limited with space, it’s advisable to store them relatively organised so that you don’t have to keep pulling out the bottle whenever you are looking for a particular wine. It’s good to know what’s in your collection and where to find it.