Wine Bottles
Wine Bottles
You have bought bottles of wine, some red, some white, and some sparkling varieties. You do not plan to drink immediately but store them for a while. So, how do you stock up? If you know about wines, you already know the answer. If not, you need to store the bottles properly to get the best taste when you plan to drink from the bottles. You should know that only a few varieties of fine wines retain their taste, flavor, and texture when stored for a long time. There are wine varieties that taste best with a few years of aging. 

According to an article published on, storing wine depends on attaining and retaining its optimal conditions. An excellent and consistent temperature will help you maintain the quality of the wine. To make your job a tad easier, here is how you can store bottles:

Cool temperature

Heat will spoil your precious chardonnay or pinot grit. The wine will age soon if you store bottles at 70 degrees Fahrenheit or more. If the storage conditions make the wine too hot, it will cook, resulting in a bland flavor and aroma. The perfect temperature is 45 degrees to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Even 55 degrees is acceptable for a few wine varieties. Do not panic if the temperature increases by a few degrees if you open the cork within a few years of storage. Visit wine websites like Sokolin to learn more about varieties, taste, aroma, and storage.

Keep bottles away from light.

Keep bottles out of direct sunlight if you plan to store the wine for a long time. The UV rays will prematurely age and affect the quality of wines. That is the reason why wine bottles are dark in color. Use incandescent bulbs instead of fluorescent ones because the former emits very little UV light, keeping your Sauvignon Blanc safe. These simple hacks will keep your wine in good condition and taste great when you invite guests for dinner.

Mind the humidity

Ensure you store wine bottles at a humidity level of 70 percent. Dryness will make the cork dry, too, letting the air into the wine, thus spoiling the taste and aroma. Regarding humidity, 50 percent to 80 percent is safe for your wine. If you are worried about dry conditions, you can also place a water pan in the storage area. Avoid storing bottles in too humid conditions, which will develop mold. Though it will not damage a properly corked bottle, the conditions may damage the label. Use a dehumidifier to solve such issues.

Avoid shaking the bottles.

Shaking the bottles too much will accelerate the chemical reactions in the fluid. Even subtle vibrations damage expensive wines, according to experts. Shaking will affect the sediments in the bottle in aged wines and prevent them from settling. Consequently, your wine will become grainy and bad to taste.


Follow these wine storage tips and tricks to retain their original aroma and flavor. Serve with cheese, chicken, salad, pork, or desserts.