Wine Storage Temperature: Everything You Need to Know

Wine cellar full of wine bottlesWine is the juice of love, passion and friendship. However, storing your wine at the incorrect temperature can lead to a lack of love, passion, and friends, so take some tips from the experts and learn everything you need to know about wine storage before it’s too late. But wait, there’s more! If you know absolutely nothing about wine, except for the fact that you like to drink it, take our Wine 101 course and get familiar with the wonderful world of wine before getting stuck in the finer details of wine storage.

So you just got back from the store with a couple bottles of fancy wine. Now what? Well, if you’re not planning on drinking it right away, you’ve come to the right place, because this article is all about where, why and how to store your wine and bring out its best.

Tip #1 – Long-term Aging

Not every wine on the market will benefit from more aging. In fact, you’ll find that most fine wines are meant to be drunk within a few years after their release.  You can find more of these helpful tips in this super handy blog post that will teach you more about wine. Now let’s get back to simple storage tips to ensure your wine stays safe until you’re ready to enjoy it.

Tip #2 – “Where Exactly Should I Store My Wine?”

If you’re lucky enough to be living in a house with a cool, dry basement, then BINGO! You’ve found your new wine cellar. All you need are a few simple racks and you’re good to go.

Got an empty coat closet or cupboard available? If it’s dark, dry and stable, it’ll be a wonderful place to store your wine. Just make sure it’s not too damp or warm.

If the basement is non-existent or not an option and all your closets are filled to the brim, your next best bet would be to invest in a small wine cooler. A wine cooler CAN be inexpensive and worth it, depending on how much money and time you put into your wine hobby. They’ll keep your wine at its optimum temperature and they’ll control the humidity. Wherever you choose to store your wine, keep them away from windows and direct sunlight.

Tip #3 – Avoid Hot Temperatures

Hot temperatures and wine don’t mix well, so that takes the kitchen and places like the laundry room out of the question.

If your wine is being stored in an area that is hotter than 70° F, your wine will age too quickly and no one wants that. Basically, what starts to happen in hot temperatures is that your wine starts to “cook” which dulls down flavor and aroma – not exactly pleasant!

So I know what you’re thinking – the cooler the better. Well, not exactly! It’s fine to keep wine in your refrigerator if you’re planning on drinking it within the next few months, but any longer than that and you’ll be dealing with a dried  out cork which may cause air to leak into your wine and damage it.

Here comes the answer you’ve been waiting for! The ideal temperature to store your wine in ranges between 45° F and 65° F. This means that a temperature of 55° F is as close as you’ll get to perfect. If your storage temperature is slightly off the ideal range, don’t worry too much. If you’re opening your bottles of wine within a few years of their release, you should be golden.

Tip #4 – Think Big

Once you start collecting wines, it’s hard to stop. So if you think you only need space for x amount of bottles, I suggest you double that number and go from there. You’ll thank me later. Want to find out more about quality wine? Become an everyday expert with the Everyday Guide to Californian Wine course.

Know that I’ve shared all my wine storage secrets with you, here are a few more things to keep in mind when storing wine. Wine is best stored on its side. That means flat, not upright. This will keep the cork from drying out and also makes for an efficient storage method. Keeping your wine in a dark room will help prevent any UV rays, sunlight or otherwise, to prematurely age your wine and the bottle it’s stored it. So remember to turn off the lights when you’re done choosing tonight’s wine selection.

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