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How Do You Store Your Wine Bottles?

Wine Bottles
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You have bought bottles of wine, some red, some white, and some sparkling varieties. You do not plan to drink right away, but store them for a while. So how do you stock up? If you know about wines, you already know the answer to the question. 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, flavour, and texture when stored for a long time. There are wine varieties that taste best with a few years of ageing. 

According to an article published on https://www.bbcgoodfood.com, storing wine depends on attaining and retaining its optimal conditions. A cool and consistent temperature will help you in maintaining the quality of the wine. To make your job a tad easy, here is how you can store bottles:


Cool temperature

Heat will spoil your precious chardonnay or pinot grit. If you store bottles at a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and more, the wine will age soon. If the storage conditions make the wine too hot, it will cook resulting in a bland flavour and aroma. The perfect temperature is 45 degrees to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Even 55 degrees is fine for a few wine varieties. Do not panic if the temperature goes up 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

Do not keep bottles in direct sunlight if you are planning 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 wines bottles are dark in colour. 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

Make sure you store wine bottles at a humidity level of 70 per cent. Dryness will make cork dry too, letting in the air into the wine, thus spoiling the taste and aroma. When it comes to humidity, 50 per cent to 80 per cent is safe for your wine. You can also place a water pan in the storage area if you are worried about dry conditions. Avoid storing bottles in too humid conditions, as that will lead to mould development. 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.

Conclusion

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

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