Storing Your Wine

As much as we would like to give you a guarantee that would span the life of the wine while it’s in your possession, we cannot unfortunately control what happens to the wine once it is bottled and leaves the premises.  Variables that we cannot control that greatly affect the lifespan and taste of wine includes the following;

  1. How long it stays in your car on Bottling day (and the temperature outside, especially in the middle of summer or winter).

  2. The temperature and or humidity of the room where you are storing your wine.

  3. Temperature fluctuations in the room where the wine is stored (winter to summer).

  4. The amount of direct sunlight that hits the wine while being stored.
Red Wines
  1. Store red wine in a cool, dark place. An underground basement is the ideal environment,
    hence wine cellars. Those who do not have basements do have other options to consider.

  2. Keep tabs on the temperature. Store red wine in an area that consistently stays between 55 and 65 degrees F. Overheating will make the wine age too quickly, ruining its composition.

  3. Store red wine bottles on their sides. Ideally, the wine should touch the cork. This prevents the cork from drying out. This also prevents air from sneaking into the bottle. A moist cork is an indicator of a properly stored wine.

White Wines

  1. Set the wine in a cool place away from direct sunlight and unaffected by vibrations (such as an often-used blender on a counter) once you bring it home. When you will not be drinking it for more then a couple of weeks, set it on its side to keep the cork moist.

  2. Refrigerate the wine to chill it when you're getting ready to drink it. Chill it for at least two hours, unless you have a product especially designed to chill wine quickly.

  3. Store the refrigerated wine ideally at a temperature of about 50 or 55 degrees F, with humidity between 70 and 80 percent. However, you don't need to be this specific unless you are storing a wine in order to age it or for long-term storage, in which case you should purchase a wine cooler designed for storage. When not aging the wine it just needs to be refrigerated at a temperature anywhere between 40 and 65 degrees F. Make sure the temperature does not change rapidly; no more than a slow change of 10 to 15 degrees over a period of a few months.

  4. Cork any leftover wine after you have opened it. Make sure it is tightly sealed and put back into the refrigerator for no more than 2 days.


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