Every wine lover needs to know how to store wine for optimal taste. Wine is a delicate drink that can be taken advantage of when you are not careful about the environment it’s stored in.
In this blog post, we will go over some simple tips and tricks for storing your wines in order to get the best flavour out of them!
Store Wine in a Dark Environment
Wine is best stored in a dark environment to avoid exposure to light and oxygen. Exposure causes wine bottles to lose their gloss, change colour, become cloudy or create an unpleasant odour.
If you can’t store your wines in a completely dark room then it’s best that the area that will be storing them should at least have some blackout curtains that do not allow sunlight to enter.
Store at Room Temperature
The taste of wine is so delicate and nuanced that even minor changes in the environment can have a serious impact on the quality.
You may not realise it, but anything from high or low temperatures to condensation will affect your drink’s flavour after just one week! What is the best way to avoid this disaster? Store it at room temperature with an occasional check-in for mould growth before returning back inside.
Store Bottles Horizontally
Storing your wine bottles horizontally instead of vertically keeps the bottles cork moist and prevents the wine from cork taint. If you store your bottles vertically, the pressure of gravity will cause the corks to dry and shrink into the neck of the bottle. This can lead to a high rate of oxidation due to contact with air!
High oxidation can cause a wine to have a harsh taste and produce an unpleasant odour, especially if you are looking at long term storage.
Storing wine bottles horizontally also allow sediment to collect at the bottom of each bottle, where it is less likely that one’s wine will be tainted.
Keep Away From Vibrations
Wine is a delicate drink that can easily be tainted by vibration. This is because wines that are stored horizontally have sediment at the bottom of each bottle.
When these bottles are shaken, this sediment can be stirred up and become part of the wine. It is always a good idea to store your wines on shelves or in cases away from any vibration sources so they don’t break!
There are many factors that play a role in how the wine will taste, but one of the most important is storage. Here we have provided some tips on how to store your wines for maximum flavour and aroma. If you would like more information about our storage units in Nuneaton or Manchester get in touch with the expert team at Spaces and Places today!