Opened wine typically needs proper preservation if you’re to maintain its quality. It’s always advisable keeping an open wine bottle cocked tightly during storage. Chemical reactions, such as oxidation, occurs when oxygen comes into contact with the wine when it’s left exposed for more extended periods. Below are some of the tips Underground Cellar highly recommends when it comes to wine storage.
- Re-cork your bottle
When it comes to wine preservation, ensure that you properly replace the cork. While the “clean” side may appear to fit into the bottle more efficiently, always avoid doing so. Re-corking your bottle with the dry side could taint your plan to drink in the next day or two, as it often spoils the wine quality.
- Store wine in Half Bottles
Your wine will flatten, reducing the flavors and aromas when exposed to air. After drinking, pour the remaining wine into a screw-cap half bottle with a funnel to minimize air exposure.
- Refrigerate your wine
Wine should be kept in a wine fridge otherwise known as a wine cooler, rather than a regular refrigerator. Unlike a standard refrigerator, which keeps food very cold and dry, a wine fridge retains wine between 10 to 15 degrees Celsius and also at proper humidity. It’s also a good idea to keep your wine separated in a cooler to avoid cross-contamination.
- Avoid storing your wine in direct sunlight.
Keep your wine in the dark place regardless of whether you’re storing it for days, weeks, or months. The wine flavors can be altered negatively by UV radiation caused by direct sunlight.
- Always store your wine horizontally.
If your wine bottles have corks, store them horizontally in a rack. Keeping wine on its side keeps the seal moist, which is essential for long-term storage. A dry stopper often causes premature wine aging. Lastly, storing your wine horizontally also makes it easier to access.
Poor storage of wine that has been exposed to air can spoil even the most expensive, high-quality bottle. By following the mentioned tips above, your wine can last for decades while simultaneously increasing quality and taste.