Sometimes you acquire wine as gifts or you pick up nice bottles on holiday. Over time, you may end up building quite the collection. Then, you need to figure out how to store it.
If you want your wine to maintain the fullest taste, you need to store it carefully. Here are the storage tips you need to consider:
1. Choose a Dark Spot
For long-term storage, wine needs to be in a relatively dark place. The UV rays of the sun can start to degrade the wine. While some wine bottles have UV-resistant glass, most do not. Even artificial light can impact the flavour.
You can mediate this fact by storing wine in a plastic bin. That can create a dark spot if there is too much light in your home or commercial storage area.
2. Keep the Corks Wet
Ideally, whether you are dealing with short or long term storage, you should always store wine on its side. That way, the cork stays wet. If the cork isn't moistened, it can dry out, and air can get into the bottle and ruin the wine.
Additionally, even if you are storing wine that has screw top caps rather than corks, you should still store it on its side. That helps it resist settling and forming sediments.
3. Maintain Consistent Temperature
In an ideal world, you will keep your wine in a storage area that is between 11 and 14 degrees Celsius. However, if that is not possible, you should shoot for a relatively close temperature that stays consistent. If the wine is subjected to huge ups and downs in temperature, it may spoil. Additionally, you want to go for low humidity. Excess moisture in the air can also have a poor impact on the taste once you open the bottle.
4. Organise for Easy Accessibility
When setting up your wine storage area, make sure that you set up the bottles so that they are each accessible. Moving wine bottles unnecessarily can also negatively affect the wine. To protect the other bottles, you want to be able to reach into the storage area and just grab the bottle that you need.
5. Opt for a Mini Storage Unit for Wine
If you don't have an adequate place to store wine in your own home, you may want to contact a company that offers mini storage. Many of these companies offer storage that is specifically designed for wine. That can protect the wine, without forcing you to build your own cellar.